When I graduated from the University of Georgia on May 8, 2010, I had not a clue what the next five years would hold for me. I had no idea the myriad ways my heart would be tugged and pierced for the lives of so many students I would encounter. At twenty-two years old, I was excited to be embarking on a new adventure, ready to take on the world in spite of immense fear that was always lurking in the corner, waiting to devour me whole.
I remember feeling so very inadequate my first few days, weeks, and months of teaching. Truth is, I still feel that way. No one can ever truly prepare you for the immense responsibility you feel when you realize the privilege God has given you in caring for and contributing to the character of young souls day in and day out. It is actually quite terrifying when you realize the gravity of the responsibility placed upon you. When I think about the powerful influence teachers had in my life, I realize that the things I say and do are having an impact that will reach far into these little ones' psyches and identities. Through my educational career, I was blessed with some incredible teachers. Heck, I'm even friends with some of them on Facebook today. So many of my teachers contributed to the teacher that I am today by inspiring me to love on and attempt to make a difference in the lives of my babies each day.
James 3:1-2 states:
Here's the thing: everyone is a teacher to someone. Whether you are a college girl that has high school girls looking up to her, dreaming of the day they'll be in your shoes, or you are the business woman on the top with wisdom to offer to the rookies, we're all teaching someone. Someone is always watching us, whether we like it or not. And with that realization, we can choose a better way to live-with a whole lot of grace-because we all needed help to get to where we're at now.