The last month I have been substitute teaching a lot. It has been quite an experience!
Before I went to college I wanted to be a teacher. I come from a long line of great teachers and always thought that is what I would do as a career. Even when I was a little girl I would play school with my cousins and I was ALWAYS the teacher! Obviously my life took a different path. The other day I walked into the class I was subbing for and it was World Geography. Guess what part of the world they were studying? If you guessed Africa you are correct. It was a humorous moment. I love those moments when you know you are at the right place at the right time. I took a look at the worksheet the kids were doing and I actually knew some of the answers. Most of the lesson was about the area I have been to. I got to share with the students fun facts about Kenya, and even showed my video about Mattaw! I thought to myself, I am actually qualified to teach this class today. I could only hope that through my experience and passion I could inspire these teens. Teens are not the easiest people to inspire, you know. Being around these kids only stirs my heart to see a generation of radical lovers of Christ take their place in this world.
I was talking with my Mom and another teacher and the subject quickly turned to purity. We were discussing how important it is to be a good example to these kids and how do we as adults encourage them to make the right choices. While we were talking I was able to verbalize how I feel, and even encouraged myself. I am in a unique and God given position to have influence in these kids lives. I am 29 years old and unmarried. I look a bit younger than 29 and this is an advantage because they don’t see me as an old lady. Yet. I am also unmarried and can relate a little more to what teens struggle with when it comes to relationships and sex. That is to say minus the drama and emotions of being a teen. I realized that God has given me this small window of time and platform to speak into kids lives. Sometimes I wonder why I’m still single until I realized God has given me this gift! I was so encouraged at this revelation. I am honored to be where I am in my life. I mean, what teenager wants to hear about sex and purity from a married person? I really don’t want to hear about living single from a married person. I will now take this gift and love it!
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