Most of you know that I taught school for 12 years. I taught all elementary grades except for fourth and sixth grades. My first year teaching, I taught in the preschool in the mornings and substituted in the high school in the afternoons.I think about some of the students that I taught and wonder where they are and what they have done with their lives. Over the twelve years of teaching, I had somewhere between 150 - 180 students to sit under my teaching. That is a lot of boys and girls that entered my classroom doors. When I look back on those years, I can't help but think about Kaycee, Chris, Michael, Patrick, April, Erica, Zack, Brianna, Marcus, Thomas and Morgan. All of these except for two have already graduated high school and moved on with their lives. One is getting ready to graduate this year and the other is in middle school. The one graduating and the middle schooler, I hear about often or talk to on Facebook. The others are just a few that tugged at my heart while they were in my class.
When I think about all of those hearts and minds, I can't help but wonder what ever came of them. I know that there are a couple of Missionaries that are on the mission field ( I never would have guessed that they would be missionaries), Pastors working in churches ( the ones that I know of, REALLY and TRULY I never would have guessed them to be pastors), teachers teaching and others who have gone on to serve the Lord.
Sadly, there are more that have strayed from their Christian teachings than those that stayed. This is something that really breaks my heart. When I think about some of these ~ I never would have guessed that they would have made the decisions that they did. But I was not their mother. I was not the one who was raising them. I was only part of the leadership that they encountered in their young lives. Do I regret putting 12 years into the lives of these young people? Absolutely not! It was a joy.
I was able to teach in two really good schools. I had the opportunity to teach the Bible and teach these children about Salvation. I was able to lead several students to the Lord ~ what a blessing for me. I know that I can't go back and try and teach more Bible and say not to get into this or that. But there is one thing that I can do today ~ I can pray for a class as a group and ask the Lord, to help them to remember something that I taught them.