A Legacy that Lasts

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. | Matthew 9:36

My relationship with my students is a unique one. We fight, we love, we entertain, and, most of all, we work hard. I love how my relationship with my students reminds me so much of my relationship with my Heavenly Father.

Recently, my class celebrated 100 days of school.

Knowing that there are only 80 days left worried me.

Is there enough time to pour in everything I want to teach them about kindness, respect, life, forgiveness, grace, love? Is there enough time to teach all the academic skills? I worry because after this school year, my kiddos will move on to another grade, another teacher, and another phase of life, in that I will always be left wondering, did I leave a strong enough testimony? Do they know and feel that I love them deeply and poured into them greatly?

This picture so eloquently describes our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Without Him, where would we be?

Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. | Psalm 100:3

When Jesus was on earth, He had compassion on many people. Crowds, even. His love did not cease, for He wanted more than ever to be their shepherd. We need a shepherd; without guidance (the word of God), we would be lost.

Teachers pour into their lesson plans week after week to make sure “our sheep” have what they need and can learn the skills. Teachers are similar to shepherds. We teach our students the right way to behave, we make sure they are filled with knowledge, we teach them right from wrong, we love endlessly and discipline greatly because we care for their well-being. We also get extremely worried and sad if our sheep get lost.

Our Heavenly Father is the same way for each one of His sheep.

We are His sheep.
He loves so endlessly,
He gives grace so graciously.

His word teaches us right from wrong and how we should live in this dark world. He disciplines us when we do something wrong, He gives, and He takes away. But He does this because He loves us and gave himself for us. He doesn’t want us to feel lost, but to instead feel wrapped in His everlasting arms because He will always be our loving shepherd.

Now, being a sheep, I have certain responsibilities. Time with God and studying His word is very important for my spiritual life to be fed. How I conduct myself out in the world is also important; the way I dress and act should be honoring and pleasing to the Lord. Most of all, my biggest responsibility is to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.

Knowing Jesus personally is the greatest gift I have.

Through His guidance and wisdom I can lead others to knowing Him personally for the growth of His kingdom.

This is the testimony I want to leave for my students. I want to shepherd just like Christ shepherds for me. I want my life to reflect Christ completely, and I want His truth to shine through my words and actions. I hope this encourages you to be a legacy that lasts.

Belief in Jesus Christ is the legacy that lasts.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. | John 10:11-15

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