BE PROUD YOU ARE A TEACHER. THE FUTURE DEPENDS ON YOU.
So the line goes printed in bold letters in every school all over the country. Do teachers realize the honor given to them with this message? Do teachers feel the importance of their profession? Do they grasp the responsibility addressed to them in shaping the country’s future.
Teachers wield the pen of their profession and write their ideas in the mind, in the heart and in the soul of their pupils. And teachers have the ‘multiplier effect’.
Teaching requires patience and patience connotes sacrifice. From the Christian point of view, sacrifice is one way of atoning for one’s sins. There are three levels of sacrifice. First, to sacrifice without complaining. Next, to sacrifice without backbiting. Lastly, to sacrifice with joy. At this level, one would already be joining the ranks of saints. But we are not asked as much as the saints did. What is asked of us as teachers? What is expected of us as the prime movers in the life of our pupils?
Education is drawing forth and bringing out the best in each child and leading him towards the TRUTH and the GOOD. This is our ultimate aim in life: To know the truth that God exists and because God exists we have to strive to do the GOOD. Do we give each child the maximum opportunity to discover and recognize his potentials? Do we afford each child the utmost opportunity to develop his potentials we see or find in him? Do we lead each child to reflect…to conceive…to envision to use his talents in consonance with God’s purpose of creating him?
Teaching is one profession that does not promise any material reward. It does not offer any special award or monetary comfort. The joy of teaching is its own reward. There is joy, heavenly joy; there is a sense of fulfillment upon seeing someone learn because YOU are there. And teachers have a great source of inspiration, Jesus Himself. Jesus could have been a lawyer. He decided cases. He healed the sick. He could have been a doctor. But he chose to be a teacher just like you and me. And isn’t that a very great reward on being a teacher?