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The greatest teacher

Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have great teachers. A great teacher is one who is an expert in his/her subject and who can make other people experts as well.

A great teacher is one who can stir up a desire to learn in his/her students. Finally, a great teacher is one who genuinely loves and cares about his/her students.

I always struggled with, and hated, math until Mr. Louie Knoll showed me how math could help me solve a real world problem I was struggling with. He took time to explain, demonstrate and guide me as I worked through the process. He made math interesting and relevant.

My high school shop teachers were some of the best. They understood the value of demonstrating a skill, explaining the skill and then helping me practice the skill to the point of mastery.

Twila Ahola, my piano teacher, was the most patient teacher. When I became frustrated with a piece and wanted to rip my book in half, she had a gentle way of calming me down and helping me to work on just a little bit at a time.

Her care and encouragement soon had me playing that “impossible piece” at a public recital.

I am so grateful for the many great teachers who have invested in my life, but one teacher stands head and shoulders above all the rest. His name is Jesus.

Jesus has always offered His teaching free of charge. He seems to know me and my learning style and He customizes every lesson just for me. He has NEVER tried to get me to do something that He Himself hasn’t done already. He explains His lessons with story telling and by demonstrating the skill personally.

When I mess up (which is pretty often), He is patient and doesn’t give up on me. He never gives me more than I can handle, but just enough to stretch me and to challenge me. Additionally, all of His lessons are relevant and beneficial to me and to other people in my life.

A great thing about having Jesus for a teacher is that He knows everything. He is an expert in every subject. Also, He makes Himself available to me 24 hours a day. All I have to do is call His name, and He answers me ... Remember, all of this, NO CHARGE!

Finally, Jesus actually wants to be my teacher. I remember in elementary school, there were teachers who dreaded having me as a student because I could be very difficult. Jesus doesn’t seem to mind; in fact He seems happy to have difficult students.

Today, schools have opened their doors to students from neighboring districts. This is called open enrollment. Jesus instituted open enrollment more than 2,000 years ago when He said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Mat 11:29)

Jesus says there is room in the class for whoever wants to join. Enrollment is easy. All you have to do to have a life-changing experience is to pray in your own words for Jesus to forgive your sins, and ask Him to be the Lord (teacher) of your life.

It’s that simple. There is only one textbook, The Bible. Get a copy, start reading, and spend time talking with the greatest teacher ever, Jesus.

Your life will never be the same.