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For me, it happened between the third and fourth grade. I remember being in love with my first, second and third grade teachers. My first grade teacher reminded me of the grandmother we lived with at the time. She was a warm, patient, kind and loving Christian lady. My second and third grade teachers were so beautiful. I willingly submitted to their authority. The desire to win approval and please was the motivator. My fourth grade teacher wasn't ugly or mean, but I refused to submit to her authority.
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves." Romans 13:1-2 (NIV)
And that is what I did. I brought judgment upon myself. Oh, I didn't realize that fully until age 32, when I submitted to God's authority and ask Him to forgive me and take control of my life. Judging my fourth grade teacher was as natural as breathing. As I judged her, I excused myself from her authority. Not good. Don't recommend going down that path!
Having lived almost 64 years and counseled around 10,000 people, I haven't met many people who like being told what to do. Yet, teaching includes: telling students what to do; setting goals; evaluating; motivating and then letting students learn through consequences.
Jesus said: "A student is not above his teacher." Matthew 10:24
"Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good." Romans 13:3b-4a
Thanks to all those who have sacrificed to become qualified to teach! Thanks to my teachers, who were faithful even when I didn't respect or appreciate you! I humbly ask for your forgiveness.
May God's richest blessings be on you in all you do!