Friday, January 27, 2017
When a Teacher Shows Christian Love
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I. was. done.
I finally put in the notice that I was pulling my child out of his present schooling situation in order to home school him. I just knew that they did not and could not love him the way that I do. They also were failing in helping him succeed. I was frustrated with the entire experience.
Shortly after his teacher received this notice, she called me. She went on to tell me how much she enjoyed my son in her class. She went on with specifics as to how he contributed positively to the entire class. She then asked, "Would you reconsider?"
I was thrown off by this. What?! How could someone care about an impulsive kid who has been threatened with suspension and caused a bunch of disruption? Especially in a class of 19 other kids.
I was finally able to have an open and honest dialogue with her about my concerns for him being there. The shame he felt with the color system of behavior. The ever present threat of suspension. The problems with administration. All my woes, I freely discussed with her.
It is not often that you have another human being care this deeply for your child with special needs. Especially if you don't have an IEP.
Instantly, that very day, she changed the color system for my son. She said the only purpose it had was to help these kids. If it wasn't working she would change it. So she did. She gave him some alternative things which he loved. For the first time, he came home without that feeling of shame.
She made provisions for me to be there in the classroom to observe and help. She told me to write those concerns up about administration and she would not let my son be looked at negatively because of my concerns. She made it truly easy and evident that I can work with her and express any concerns at any time.
This great act of love, protection, and care was evidence of the love of Christ at work. That kind of love melts you. That kind of love is what the world needs. This love made me change my mind to let him remain with her.
Christ loves us this way. He doesn't give up on us. He is at work even now in us to make us the best we can be in Christ. He does what is needed to form Christ-likeness in us. He loved us so greatly that it sent Him to the cross. He is the great rescuer and when we emulate Him to the watching world it changes things. I am thankful to experience this in my son's school through his teacher.
Father, thank you for showing us a good example of love through yourself. Help us to love in this same way. Thank you for people who do show this evidence. In Jesus Name. Amen.