I know this isn’t a normal start for a post of mine, but I read this the other morning and something about this verse struck me, and, whether you are a person of faith or not, I ask you to please stick with me.
“He placed his hands on each of them..”
Let me give some backstory as to why. This was a story of Jesus. It was the end of the day. He and his disciples had been traveling and teaching all day, and, at the end of the day, up walk a group of parents who wanted to bring their kids to see and meet Jesus. The story goes on to tell of the frustration of the disciples, but not Jesus. He took time for each and every one of them.
What struck me from this was the importance of each and every child. As a teacher, it’s so important for us to see the value of each and every student, child, person we come into contact with.
Someone told me once that each child we get in our class is the very best version of what we are being given. What does this mean? I think it means that each student we get is the very best version of themselves at the moment they come to us. So many times we, as teachers, can look at our class as “that class” or maybe a student as “that student” and we shouldn’t…. as tempting as that may be sometimes.
In the verse and story, each child was seen as worthy of His time. Each child was seen worthy of His touch. Each child was seen as worthy of His words.
We need to always remember just how vitally special and unique each and every student we every come into contact with is. They are all worth our time and words. No matter how tired or how frustrated we may be. They are all worth our very best and we are so fortunate and lucky to be able to call them our students, and, sometimes, our kids.