“Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.” ~ Matthew 19:13-15 (NIV)
Just yesterday, I finished my last day at my academy and at this very moment, I am reminiscing the times with my students. In the beginning, I was definitely awkward and inconsistent with the way I treated the students. On the other hand, I think God had equipped me with a lot of patience, strength, tolerance, and kindness.
When I first started teaching, it was definitely a learning experience. I tried to be as patient and as kind as possible. But children can be…many things. Even though they would tell me they were bored in my class or they didn’t like me, when I saw their beautiful, dark eyes, my heart melted. The last time I had seen such innocence and radiance was when my siblings were children. How is it that a child can radiate something indescribable that an adult can’t? When I see their eyes, to me, it is like I am looking at the eyes of God.
I sometime wonder how Jesus would treat my most difficult students. I often ask myself the question: what would Jesus do? Of course He disciplines but is also merciful. He can get angry but He is also loving. Furthermore, of course it’s hard to be Christ-like to a child that has no respect for you. One time, I even considered if these kids were God’s because of how difficult they were to control or discipline. But they are all His children. Even us difficult adults.
The way Jesus wanted to place His hands on the children can be similar as me respecting them even if they don’t respect me. They are not my children, they are His.
How do you handle difficult people? As always, we love hearing from you. ❤