In Matthew 5:1-2, there are four points we can learn from the master teacher today. As I studied this passage, it became more and more clear that he is our example. As a teacher he is showing us how we can apply what he did, to our daily plight in the classroom. Notice the scripture:
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
The first thing I noticed was the word went. In other words, he took an action by going where he was supposed to go and being where he was supposed to be.
Lesson 1: Show up! I have heard some say that 90% of the battle is showing up. I know this is hard some times when things look bleak, but you cannot see how God will work in your favor if you don’t show up. So we have to keep showing up, trusting that he will show up on our behalf.
The next thing I noticed was the word mountainside. As I studied this word in the dictionary, I was led to the word intention, because he intended to be on the mountainside. In other words, he had one intention and that was to teach that day exactly where he was.
Lesson 2: Be intentional! For me, I think this is screaming to be intentional about everything you do as a teacher. I’m talking about everything from what you are planning to wear to what you are going to say to your students. You know they notice everything about you, so give them something to notice.
The third thing I noticed was that he sat down. This might seem like a small thing here, but I think it is huge. I’m not talking about the fact that he sat down, but I am referring to the fact that he positioned himself. To sit is to be in a certain position, and that is exactly what he did.
Lesson 3: Position Yourself! This means, as teachers we must put ourselves in a position to be successful. In other words, plan for your morning to go smoothly before you even leave the house. Plan out your lessons strategically so that no matter what interruption you encounter, you will maintain your position. When you position yourself correctly, you are setting yourself up for a good day, no matter what!
Finally, I noticed the end of the verse where he began to teach. He showed up, he went where he was supposed to go, he positioned himself, and then it was showtime. He did what he intended to do all along. He taught everything he planned to teach that day.
Lesson 4: Seize the moment! Listen, I know sometimes things get sidetracked. I know there a million things that can go wrong while you are trying to teach. I have been there when the phone rings, someone interrupts class, or a behavior demands attention. These things will happen, but the point here is to deal with things as they come, but stay focused on what you are there to do. Take advantage of every moment that you have a captive audience. Make every moment count by taking advantage of teachable moments throughout the day! Seize the moment!
I wish you well on your journey today, as you take each day one step at a time and continue to learn from the Master Teacher!