This Is the Way, Walk in It
This is my first visit to my blog (and also my first post) in a long time. Life has been really hectic between family time, teaching, and graduate school. I have also been in the midst of some professional and personal turmoil.
I currently teach in a school that runs in connection with a church. This past weekend, I read the following letter to my congregation. I’m not sure what is next, but I know it is going to be great.
April 3, 2011
Dear members of Gethsemane,
Almost 4 years ago to the day, I accepted the divine Call to serve here at Gethsemane as the third and fourth grade teacher. It has been my great privilege to share the gospel with your children on a daily basis. It has been a joy for me to watch them grow in wisdom and understanding. My family and I have been blessed through Gethsemane in many ways, and have developed relationships that have enriched our lives.
Over the past couple of months, I have been taking a very hard look at my strengths and weaknesses. While I truly love my students, I sometimes have to remind myself just how young they are. I think that it is important for teachers to have high expectations of their students, however I struggle to remember that there are some things that 8-10 year olds may not be ready to do yet. Despite this struggle, I am confident that I have been faithful in using my gifts in my classroom, and that I have served my students and their families well with God’s help.
While teaching here, I have discovered what joy and passion I have for teaching. I have also developed a great interest in education technology. This is where I am in my element and feel that I am the most effective at teaching. When I have had the chance to incorporate computers, handheld devices, and the Internet in my teaching, I am more effective as a teacher.
In light of all of this, I am announcing that I will resign as third and fourth grade teacher here at Gethsemane effective June 30th. This has been an agonizing decision, and not one that I have taken lightly. I have been reminded of the story of Abraham who was told by God to go to the land which God would show him. Abraham didn’t know where he was going or where he would end up, but he did have God’s solid promise that he would be with him and guide him. That same assurance guides both my family and Gethsemane. We don’t know where we all will end up, but we do know that it will be the best thing for everyone.
We love it here in Omaha, and Gethsemane has become our home. Omaha has many opportunities for me to pursue my interest in education technology. We have no intention of moving far away or leaving this congregation. I look forward to serving here as a lay member. Our children will still attend Gethsemane Lutheran School because Christian education is incredibly important to us.
It has been my joy and privilege to serve my Lord and this congregation since arriving, and I hope and pray that God will continue to enable me to serve him and this congregation in any way I can. I will continue to pray for God’s guidance and direction as he brings us to the place where we will go, as he says in Isaiah 30:21, Whether you turn to the left or to the right, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”