“What’s Love Got To Do With it?”

Though I have all the Elmer’s glue and scissors and have read the lesson five times and have not Love, I am not a teacher. And though I have all the construction paper, glitter and Bible posters, puzzles and unit activities, and have been to several planning meetings, and have not Love, I am not a teacher. For being a teacher is more than being on time, present, Bible brought, and lesson prepared. It is even more than faithfully attending all church services and study courses. A teacher is kind and smiles a lot. A teacher looks neat and is not easily provoked when the heat is off and all the children have to keep on their coats. A teacher is not envious of others’ talents, but uses their own creativity and talents to the best of their ability, and even shares with others. A teacher seeketh not for their name to be praised, but works for the glory of God. They beareth the problems. Believeth and hopeth the best for all children and teachers, for a teacher’s work is in vain unless they have a true interest in children. Where there be magic markers, they shall dry up. Where there be chalk and blackboards, they shall crumble. Where there be printed literature, it shall fade. But a right relationship with God will endure forever. As it is shared in the lives of your children. All work is a result is of His Love. And now abided planning, preparation, and Love, These three, but the greatest of these is Love, For without God’s Love, all work is for naught.

An Adaptation of 1 Corinthians 13 by Sally Murphy