Thursday morning in my class, I told the moms I had gifts for them. I gave them their workbooks for homework and as I went from mom to mom I said, “Happy Early Birthday”. They laughed but they didn’t know as a teacher I actually view giving them learning opportunities as being a gift.
The workbooks I gave them were according the their level of English for the groups they are in for small group work. I know my students and what they are capable of. I also believe in pushing them a little to learn.
They have different abilities, but they all want to learn.
God knows how we are wired. He knows our talents and abilities because he gave them to us. He not only gives us talents and abilities, he empowers us to use them. However, there is cooperation needed from us to develop in those talents and abilities. We need to step out and try serving and develop what God has given us.
For my students, I can teach them, encourage them, make the classroom environment friendly and positive, but it is up to them to do homework. come to class, and learn.
We need to pray and seek God for where to serve. We need to spend time in his word, the bible, to grow and learn. We need to step out and try new things to find where God has called us.
I have been teaching ESL, reaching out to refugees and immigrants, and leading a bible study for them for about 20 years. But I am 61 years old. That means that it took a while for me to discover what God was calling me to do. But now I would say as they say in Brazil-“Esta é a minha praia” meaning this is my beach. That refers to- This is my comfort zone or the place I am most familiar with.
The same is true with blogging. I have tried different things. Some have gone well and some I realized were not really me or what God wanted my blog to be. I also learned from other bloggers to see what they do. As bloggers we need to give ourselves permission to explore and try things to find out voice.
If you are in a season of seeking God to discover what he has in store for you, or if you are a new blogger exploring what your voice is as a blogger. please give yourself grace in the process. I tell my students mistakes are okay because then I know what they need help with. God helps us even with our mistakes as we try to serve him and as we blog.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.