Teacher Secrets — Humility


The apostle Paul, in Colossians 3:12 , writes, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

The apostle Peter echoes the same sentiments in 1 Peter 5:5.  “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another because, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'”

A most elusive character trait, right? Proclaim that you are humble and you reveal your pride! Do you remember these lyrics from a country song, “Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way”? Our current culture may not often applaud traits like humility, gentleness or compassion, but I believe these attributes are invaluable to teachers.

Like the butterfly Stacey tried to show Kelsey at the Deep Creek Discovery Center, capturing humility proves mysterious. As teachers, we do well to focus on God The psalmist writes,  “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Ps. 25:9).

Even stronger is the wording of Isaiah 66:2. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”

Any teacher who can admit errors knows something about humility and human frailty. When a teacher makes a grading error, admit it and correct it. When students came to me to admit they had answered a test question incorrectly but I had not marked it wrong, I could commend their honesty and not lower their grade. If I marked something wrong that the student had answered correctly, then I raised the grade. This is not rocket science nor a big deal. It simply shows grace, and that should be basic to anyone who has known the forgiveness of the humble Man of Galilee.

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