The weight of the world…
The title says it all. I do not understand how I can help people treat each other nicer. I am baffled by the way my students tear each other down in what is supposed to be a safe place. I am mournful at the pain I see caused daily in the school system. Teachers want to educate but instead they are left dealing with daily battles of drama, hateful acts and disrespect. I feel helpless because I am not consistently with these kids… even if I was, would I make a difference? How do we teach an entire culture of children that there is a better way? How to I help them realize that to love someone else helps them to love themselves more? It feels better. How do I take these students from a feeling of abuse in a building to a feeling of comfort, love and safety? Isn’t this what we deserve?
This is overwhelming. So… Where do I begin? Do I take one classroom and work intently with them at the beginning of the school year? Treat them in a therapy group once a week. Teach them how to be a loving family. Am I crazy for thinking I have the ability to do this?
And then ministry comes in… So many opportunities to share Hope. Are my students in the youth group acting like this? Could I make more of an impact if I were working in the church over the school?
I will begin to study, read and pray. Maybe something will come to me. Maybe I’ll make something up. BUT to sit and wait for things to get better is NOT an option. So… it’s time.