For 33 years I have had the wonderful privilege of teaching in the Christian school system. Each day affords me opportunities to present Jesus to the ones He holds dear, children. I can do this by presenting each subject I teach from a Christ-centered perspective and integrating my faith. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't realize the awesome responsibility I have as I represent Jesus to the children I teach and each day I pray I may be used as a tool by God to do just that. Daily, my faith is strengthened as I see their child-like faith accept truths of scripture without question and put them into practice as they interact with each other. Especially at Christmas and Easter, I do not have to battle Santa or the Easter Bunny but can share the importance of what Christ did for us.
Teaching in a Christian school also allows me the privilege of working with colleagues who are like-minded and approach their teaching from a similar faith base. I look forward to our weekly devotional time when we, as a staff, look to God's word for direction for our personal and professional lives. This is a unique aspect of teaching in a Christian school and one which I highly value.Unique to Christian schools, is the broader community, the parents, who volunteer endless hours on committees, the board, fund raising events, driving children to school, helping on class trips, baking and organizing school family events; all with a mindset to facilitate Christian education for their children.
In conclusion, I have been extremely blessed to have been able to teach in Christian schools for my entire career and be used by God to influence the lives of His little ones. I leave you with these words from Matthew 19:13,14,
Then the little children were brought to Jesus for him to
place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to
me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as
Written by Alice Peddie who has had the joy and privilege of teaching at Muskoka Christian School for 21 of those 33 years.