For what are you known?
I recently had a student show for what he is known. He showed that he has some amazing qualities. We always knew he had these qualities but they really appeared on Thursday.
I had an interesting discussion after school on Thursday with our Title I teacher. It seems he was missing one of his work folders for an older student. This student insisted that he had turned in his folder on Tuesday as was expected of him. His next Title I class on Thursday; the folder was not in the correct place.
Our Title I teacher is the only person to access his classroom. Our Title I teacher spent a good deal of his time on Thursday searching his room for the missing folder. The folder was nowhere to be found. Since the student in question is quite honest, we believed him when he said he turned in his folder.
It was decided that come Friday morning our upper grade teacher would search the lockers and bookbags to see if another student was pulling a prank.
But, like the lost coin, the folder was found! When our Title I teacher walked up the stairs he could see the folder had slipped behind the shelving in his classroom.
He and I then went down to the gym to let our student know the folder had been found. We explained that if the folder hadn’t been found it would have reflected poorly on the Title I teacher with his supervisors.
We also explained that because of this student’s reputation we were able to so easily believe he had turned the folder in and would not be in any trouble for it not being where it belonged.
He exhibited what we teach here at Grace, what can be seen in 2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV) - Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
This student has been with us since he was four years old and we look forward to seeing where the LORD will lead him as he goes off to high school next year.
1 John 3:18 - Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Vicki Helmling is a teacher at Grace English Lutheran School