"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God"
Before this year started, I really wanted to be a good Godly influence on my students. I know that there are a lot of things that I can't say in schools now, but for the students that I drive home, hang out with on weekends, and play sports with, I have a bit more freedom. I have done small things like using Biblical analogies for things, and praying over their meals when we are out, but I fell like I got so caught up in teaching Biology that I forgot to teach character. I feel that if I had spent more time helping my students to be more Christ-like, we may have had less issues in my classroom and the year would have been more fulfilling. I set my mind on the earthly things like punnent square genetics rather than seeing how God made us each unique in our own image.
In a funny twist that I didn't expect, many times my kids set my mind on God when I was focus on content! Almost everyone on of my students was raised in church and know their Bible. I remember asking one day "Why are our genes so unique? Why is important that they cross-over and link up and diversify so much?" I was expecting "For greater Biodiversity of Life". Instead I heard a boy yell out "So God can make us each special". It was so wonderful to have them make connections that I had been too busy to remember.
I know that I have to teach the education content next year, but I want to emphasis the "things above" and not just the earthly things as this scripture points out. I believe that it will make my students good people as well as good scientists!