The Reward for Surviving Rough Seas

The Reward for Surviving Rough Seas
We are all like sea shells tossed about in rough waters and being re-shaped in wondrous ways. But have you ever contemplated the notion that sea shells have to complete their journey through the rough waters before they get to rest on the shore? Yeah, we are ALL like sea shells and Heaven is The Great Shore.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Calling ALL Hero's

This morning let's talk about how Teaching is Mission Work!

Most of the time, when we think of Missionaries, we think of people who go into international settings, and render aid to folks in need, and talk to them about God and about Jesus Christ.  We think of them being around the poor, the sick, the indigent and the societally disenfranchised.

Well guess what!
It doesn't take a Solomon to figure out that The United States of America is filled with young people exactly like that.

They may not be riddled with smallpox, but often they are hurt and wounded.
They are often what Scriptures refer to as Poor In Spirit.
They are often somewhat LOST and societally disenfranchised...after all...doesn't that term personify the Teen-Aged Years.

So yeah...being a high school teacher is ACTIVE Mission Work.

We can't teach the kids until we help to heal them.

It's basic science.

When the Pre-Frontal Cortex of the Human Brain has yet to fully form (and this area of  the brain is still developing during adolescence )...Higher Thinking Ability is completely monitored by elements of the brain that focus on safety and security.

And as our American families flounder...our kids sink into survival mode.

They focus on food, shelter, and immediate gratification.

Not all of them...not all the time...but a chunk of them every day in every class are locked into survival mode and have been basically for their whole lives.

Now let's add on the pressure of State Mandated Testing to these kids.
The response is usually total and complete APATHY.

And who can blame them.

If I my parents are getting a divorce right now, and my world is falling apart...why in the world would I care about a stupid test.  It's not even a blip on the radar screen of things I care about.

But while Adults often are able to throw up the White Flag of "I'm Having Trouble Right Now, Everybody Just Back Off For A While Till I Regain My Mental Footing" get no such rights.

Society just expects them to tuck all of their feelings and fears into some dark place in their souls, Deal With It, and go on about their lives... and the next state mandated test.

I am not asking that we stop all testing.
And I know that there is NEVER a time when the whole teen-aged world is trouble free and able to enter a GREEN LIGHT ZONE for all State Mandated Tests zone...but I know this...
humans need safety and security in order to mentally process at high levels.

And our kids are suffering.
And our test scores are looking really lousy these days.

And the Think Tanks just keep spinning out the need to test them more often...or blame the teachers for the test results.
And a vicious cycle of blame casting in educational circles develops...that has NOTHING to do with why Johnny Failed The Big Test.

Basically Johnny is Grieving and Mourning and he can't think straight right now...DUH!

The grown-ups in our country need to start making wiser choices about who they marry.
The grown-ups in our country need to start modeling marital fidelity, and loyalty, and trustworthiness and integrity and  courage.

Our kids are losing their HERO's.

Every kid ought to be able to find his or her FIRST and LARGEST HERO IMAGE within the context of their own home.

Parents are supposed to be our HERO's.

So for anybody who is reading this out there...Be a Hero to your kids.
Talk with them.
Tell them about how you make decisions.
Tell them how you weigh right and wrong.

Model Godly Virtues for Them.

Help them to Feel SAFE and SECURE by knowing that their MOM & DAD do what is right simply because IT IS RIGHT!

If America is to heal itself, it must heal it's families first.

Today I go back out into the Mission Field.
Today I will see your kids.
Today I will hear about the times you cheated on your wife.
Today I will hear about the times you abandoned your family.
Today I will hear about the times you got drunk and smoked pot.
Today I will hear about how your kids don't respect you because of your words and actions.

Today I will MOP UP after you...and I will try to give your kids what YOU should have been giving I will try to be an honorable person and show THEM how to be honorable too.

Today I am CALLING ALL HERO's to come to the aid of our AMERICAN FAMILIES in order to HEAL THEM.

Mom's & Dad's, Grandparents, Uncle & Aunts, Brothers & Sisters,  and Cousins...STAND UP!

Be Hero's in Your Family:
                              Stand for What Is Right.
                              Put God Back in our Homes
                              Pray for Healing.
                              Pray for Wisdom.
                              Pray for Strong Families.

                              Let's Heal America...1 Family At A TIME!

In just a few hours I will be in the middle of The Mission Field again...and teachers all over this country just like me will be helping your kids today.
Please Pray For Us...Just as We Pray For You.

And for those of you who are already doing what is Right In The Eyes of God...BLESS YOU!


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