“Do you love being a teacher?” Her words took my eyes from her math page of long division to her smiling face and blond curly hair. She continued, “You see, I’m thinking of becoming a teacher when I grow up. I’m wondering if it’s a good idea.” I smiled and began to tell her how much I loved teaching, how much fun I had and how I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
She smiled and said. “Oh good. I think I will be a teacher when I grow up.”
The conversation was over and she went back to her desk, but that conversation has replayed in my mind many times since then.
It’s caused me to evaluate my life over the last few weeks. Do I truly love my life? Is it evident to those around me? Or does it look like I am just enduring and struggling through?
After that conversation, I began to look at everything I do. I began to wonder what others saw when they looked into my life. I wondered if people saw me serving out of duty or with true love and joy.
I imagine we can all think of people who make us want their life. They seem to love their life and what they do.
I think of a single woman who embraces her single life and lives it to its fullest while waiting to be married.
I think of a wife who joyfully serves and ministers to her husband.
I think of a mother who uses her “free time” to do something special for her children to add some excitement to their lives.
I think of an older lady who encourages others who are lonely through cards, phone calls, and letters; even though she herself may be lonely.
I can remember some people in my life who portrayed to me that they truly loved their life.
I remember a teacher who was quiet and reserved in public, but became excited and animated in the classroom.
I remember a mother who talked with fondness of the cuddles she got from her children when they were up sick in the night.
I remember a pastor’s wife who loved ministering and encouraging the people in her church.
As I have spent some time thinking through these things, I have asked myself the following questions: Will young ladies want to be married based on my response to my marriage? Will another want to be a teacher based on me? Will children that I minister to want to grow up and minister for the Lord based on my attitude toward ministry?
Sometimes there are rough patches. Let’s face it. The laundry hamper explodes, you get the stomach flu, and someone criticizes. But if we minimize these things and focus on the “good” parts, everything changes.
I tried to buy a plate at an auction a little while ago. Written on it, was the saying, “It’s a pleasure to serve those we love.”
Do your actions and attitudes portray this? This can’t be done by a status on Facebook, a tweet on Twitter, or a picture on Instagram. This is done by intentional living day in and day out. This is done by choosing to focus on the good in a situation. This is done by being thankful for what you have and choosing an attitude of service when ministering to others.
I pray that those who are looking at my life will know that I love my life and what I do. I pray that they will see the joy of the Lord shine through in all I do. I pray that they remember their time under my influence as a time that was meaningful in their life.