“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40)
It is very hard indeed to underestimate the impact and value that our teachers leave on our lives. This holds true for both good and bad. When we are young, especially, teachers exert a profound guiding influence on our lives.
Some years ago, I asked a number of colleagues at work to tell me about the teachers who made the biggest impression on them.. Who were their favorites? What did they learn from them? What set them apart from others?
I don’t remember the specifics of the responses I got. That was over fifteen years ago. I do remember, however, that the one common response was that the finest and most beloved teachers showed personal interest and affection for their students.
One learns from this that just as “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” so the proverb goes, so the way to a person’s mind is through the heart. We learn best, often, from those who love us. It stimulates us to want to please them and take an interest in what is most important to them.
On my own list, I remember elementary and high school teachers who took an interest in me and whose love for their subjects infected me. Grace Jones–4th Grade. Judy Essex–French. Mike Brundage–Biology. Add to that music teachers and seminary professors who stimulated me to go deeper than the average bear in music and theology. Don Koerber–Guitar. Dr. Paul Livermore–Theology. These all made a deep imprint that remains. I bet you could share similar lists.
Who are your favorite teachers? What subjects did they hold forth on that stimulated your love and interest? What is the difference between a good and a bad teacher in your own lives?
The new academic year is upon us. A season of learning new and fascinating things has begun. Love a teacher today. We don’t pay them nearly enough for what they do.