Although the years have come and gone I will never forget that first day
when I stood before my wide-eyed first graders
for the first time
as their teacher.
It was in a small elementary school in upstate New York that I began my career.
And although I had prepared for weeks for that special day
I still felt so small
so completely inadequate. Fears and jitters all over the place,
But before the day was over
I was ‘in love’.
With my students
my fellow teachers
God knew just what would thrill my soul and I loved being a teacher.
For twenty one years
class after class
I taught. Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, History, Science, Music and more
Shining moments all over the place.
There was always something new
some fresh discovery or achievement.
Precious students. Precious memories.
I still hold them in my heart today.
Then there was another day
that I will never forget. No sealed in my heart forever
is the day I closed the door to my first grade classroom
and walked the lonely hall for the last time.
It was not an easy decision
matter of fact it ripped my heart.
I knew that I would miss the sound of the school bus
The laughter of boys and girls
I knew that I would miss being part of the team of teachers.
Something like teaching gets in your bones
but I had discovered another need
a need to teach people how to live life at its best
a need for skills in building healthy relationships
and creating a purpose filled life.
So with my eyes looking forward to the countless lives
that I would teach in the years to come
away from teaching first graders
to teaching individuals of all ages.
One slow step followed another as I walked that darkened hallway so many years ago
A necessary ending
opening the way to a new beginning.
Two days that I will never forget.
Two days that shine with their own beauty and brightness
as I look back on my life.
Life is made up of beginnings and endings.
Catch their beauty as they shine. Cherish it.
Let their memories brighten today with gratitude and joy.
Today I am so privileged to coach individuals who live in distant places.
Still cheering them on
Still helping them succeed.
Hold onto the treasures of yesterday
live today fully breathing in all its richness
and look forward to great tomorrows
as you walk with Him.