“Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.” ~Titus 2:2
Your school’s Administration, Teachers, Coaches, and Staff are to maintain certain qualities. As mentioned in a previous post, Teachers are to be true biblical Christians. In addition to that, this portion of the passage has specific qualities that I am sure God wants teachers to have. We will look at each one individually (this post is the third, and last one on verse 2):
- Endurance The ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially : the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity (Merriam-Webster)
Endurance is a trait few have, and those that do have it, had to learn it. Endurance is “what comes out of the oven” when you mix learned discipline, determination, confidence, and some hope and trust in God and God’s will. Teaching is a profession that requires endurance. School Administrators must have endurance, especially when you read the definition above.
The writer of Hebrews tells us Christians to have endurance in chapter 10 verses 35-36, and again in chapter 12 verses 1-2. These are great passages, so please look them up and study them for yourself. Also remember Paul, when nearly done with his ministry, said in second Timothy that with endurance, he fought the good fight, kept the faith, and finished the race. What you do, Christian school teachers, is tiring, has hardships and adversity, and can be a stressful effort. However, enduring is a noble endeavor, if done with biblical love and focus. Keep up the fight, keep the faith, finish your work as a teacher training young Disciples of Christ.
Teachers at a sound Christian school will recognize this biblical requirement of endurance, learn it, and work at gaining it. Then, will also find a way to teach it to their students.
Copyright 2012 Kevin Brownlee