I knew at the age of nine that I wanted to be a teacher. I also had a hunger to know God. My dream of being a teacher was realized at the age of 21. My desire to know God was fulfilled when I was 22. It is remarkable to me that I have been able to blend these two dreams into one job…that is, being a teacher in a Christian school. Sometimes, I encounter people who are puzzled by my choice not to teach in a public school. Their argument is that the public schools need good teachers and that I could make so much more money. While this may be true, what really matters to me is to make a difference for the Kingdom of God and to heed Jesus’ admonition “Do not hinder the children from coming to me.” Also, a very important part of the great commission is to go and preach the gospel and to make disciples, teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded us.
Most people have some type of worldview that they live their lives by or on which they make decisions. Research shows that the children form their worldview by the time they complete middle school and head into high school. From that point on, they will live their lives accordingly. Intstilling a Christian or “Kingdom” world view is essential in making disciples. At North Shore Christian School, we intentionally integrate truth and the principles of God’s Word into our school day, in all subjects, in every way. We strive to do this as naturally as breathing. In Deuteronomy 6:7 it says: “And you shall impress My precepts on your children. Talk about them when you sit down, when you walk along the way, when you lie down and when you get up.” This is done in relationship, in everyday living. As Christian teachers, we partner with parents and are ready to teach our students not just during our Bible lessons, but as the occasion arises as we walk through the day. Isn’t that how Jesus made disciples? He lived with them, walked with them and taught them along the way and later on in their lives they were referred to as “those who have turned the world upside down!”
In Psalm 40 it says this: Walk about Zion, go around her. Count her towers, view her citadels, that you may tell it to the next generation…that this God is OUR God, forever and ever. He will be our guide, even to the end. We are commissioned by God to tell the next generation, to teach the next generation, to make disciples of the next generation. At N.S.C.S. we are making sure that these children are vessels that God can pour His excellence into, so that they will be used by Him to declare His excellencies.
I want to raise up a generation that God will use to turn the world up-side-down! I want to raise up a generation that we be able to life up a a banner (standard) of truth when the enemy rushes in like a flood! I want to raise up a generation that will be able to articulately give a reason for the hope that lies within them! Do you? At North Shore Christian School, we do, we are, we will!
Kathy Ely has been teaching for over 30 years, serving as a Kindergarten teacher for more than half of that time. She teaches Kindergarten on the Beverly Campus, where she also serves as chaplain.