January 24, 2020
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are an all knowing and all seeing God. I am grateful for the plan You have for my life. Help me to always speak positively over every situation that arises. Father, bring your Word to my remembrance so I may speak life. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.
Scripture: Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21 KJV
I remember when I was a student-teacher during my final semester of undergraduate studies. During that last week of school, the teachers were doing final checklists, updating cumulative folders, and creating a class roster for the upcoming school year. I listened as they grouped the students and assigned them to certain teachers.
It’s vital that we speak life over our students. The words that we use should build our students up instead of causing harm. I know sometimes, as teachers, we may put a certain label on our students and pass the word to the next teacher about this particular label. At the time, when we’re doing this, it may seem right or as if we’re just helping a fellow teacher by “warning” him or her. On the contrary, we are actually speaking death over that student. I am not talking about physical death, but negativity. If we label our students with descriptors such as bad; does not listen; won’t ever get it; a headache; or a pest, then we are not speaking life over them. Instead, let’s encourage our students by highlighting their strengths. Each day let’s find a positive comment to make about even the most difficult student. All it takes is a change of perception. How do you see your students? Let’s ask God to help us see them as He sees them. How wonderful would it be to look at them with God’s perception!
Copyright Niccori Thomas-Brown. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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