This time, I decided to change writing spots. I’m writing you from IHOP. Let’s begin, shall we?
During a previous post, I talked about not letting go of your dreams. Well, after writing that, it fueled me to pass on that lesson to my kids (students). In August, I purchased the “Dream” wall decal for my classroom. I placed it above my classroom door, so the students would see it as they leave. I created this acronym: Discipline, Respect, Excellence, Attitude, Maturity (my students have yet to achieve the first letter, let alone any of the others, lol). At any rate, I thought it would be rather inspirational, right? Well, I decided recently, to have all of my 200+ students post their dreams on the wall. There were stipulations to this assignment, that had to be followed, down to the letter. They were:
- You must put your first and last name on the FRONT;
- You must write your dream on it (using a complete sentence);
- and, most importantly, YOU must put YOUR dream on the wall.
The last stipulation was the most important. I saw to it that every student placed their dream on the wall. I felt that it was important for each student to “take ownership” of their dream, by placing it on the wall themselves. Looking at the picture just now, I find it to be rather symbolic: Students get to see their dreams, before they leave my room. And then they must “walk through the door” to chase after them. That’s some good stuff right there. Wow.
In case you were wondering, the answer is: YES. I have read each, and, every dream. I have begun praying for my students regarding their dreams and the direction they should take. I take my job very seriously. It goes beyond teaching music for me. I believe that I am here to minister to these kids in the form of love and respect, in a world when these necessities seem to be a scarcity. I treat them as children, and remind them of who they are (which are children). I realize they have been forced to grow up, and that they are confused, because they are expected to perform adult responsibilities, still being children. I use every opportunity to let the students know that I care for them and that their voices are important: to me. I believe this with all of my heart. I’m just trying to, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 5:16).” Word. I realize that I am the only Bible that people may read.
As I end this post, I leave you with a picture of what that wall looks like. This is so beautiful.
People seldom remember what you say, but will always remember what you do. So, talk less and do more.
Give. Love. Live. More.
Love and Peace.