Posts Tagged With: Shoes

No Pencil? No Problem!


If you’ve been teaching very long then you know what I mean when I say that a pencil is a very highly sought after commodity in a school setting. They are CONSTANTLY getting broken and lost and there is always someone in need of one. A teacher’s supply of pencils is a precious thing indeed. So what this teacher did today, is in my opinion a stroke of genius born out of pure necessity.
Picture this, it’s the week of ISTEP, tensions are high and the pencil supply is low – it is the first week of March after all.  The English/Language Arts practice test is stacked up on your front table and you’ve got seven pencils to your name, seven. And those seven pencils have to last you all week long through two days of practice ISTEP and two more days of the real ISTEP. How on earth are you going to guarantee that those seven pencils will be returned to you and in usable condition? You demand collateral! A pencil for your SHOE! And even though they all complained and there were plenty of stinky feet comments, she got each and every pencil back at the end of the class period.
This is totally an idea I am filing away for future reference! Thanks Nina Lechner!

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Are your shoes on?

“and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:13

This morning has already proven to be very interesting. Anna wanted to come out to the bus stop with Gabe and I but couldn’t seem to obey my “Then, you’d better get your shoes on”. Until finally it was too late and we had to leave her in the house. I had to shut the door on her desperate screams of “wait for me!”. It was terrible and I hated breaking her heart like that, but we barely made it out there in time the way it was. His driver does not wait for anyone.

Thirty seconds later when I walked back up our path I could see her little face pressed against the window of the door. As I got closer I could see the anguish on her tear-stained face. I opened the door back up to her standing there tears running down her face, one little pink polka dot shoe on her foot and the other dangling from her hand. She dropped it as I knelt down and wrapped her in my arms. She sobbed into my shoulder as I told her that I was sorry, but we couldn’t wait for her any longer because Gabe would have missed the bus.

It was when I came in and saw her shoes, one on and the other in her hand, that I realized what a powerful message this is to us all. The bus home is almost here and Daddy is telling us to get our shoes of the gospel of peace on. To be ready. But if we’re not obeying and are playing around instead, we’re going to get left behind. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to get caught with only one shoe on, the other in my hand and have the door shut in my face while I’m crying “wait for me!”… do you?

It might be a good time to pray and check with God if there’s anything He’s been telling you to do to get ready that you haven’t done yet.

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