We might sometimes ask teachers to assess their teaching skills. We might even survey their needs for teacher training topics. But, what about a heart check-up? When was the last time you asked this question:
Do the hearts of your teachers beat with the love of God for their students?
Why a Heart Beating with God’s Love is Essential:
Without love what they do is empty, not as impacting.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (1 Cor. 13:1-3)
How a Heart Beating with God’s Love is Evidenced:
The characteristics of love listed in 1 Corinthians 13 will be demonstrated in practical ways towards students. These traits will replace natural tendencies to react in self-protective or self-serving ways when confronted with trying moments in the life of a teacher.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Cor. 13:4-8a)
Here’s a resource you can use to help your teachers do a heart check-up: