Dear TLS Community,
What makes someone great? I asked some of my students this question the other day and some responses from them included: Being happy, being nice, being loving, kind
and helpful, and behaving well … All great answers!
In today’s day and age, greatness is also defined in terms of position and hierarchy, possessions and power. It’s a status – people want to be considered great. Everyone wants to lead, but they don’t necessarily want to serve.
But how do you think God measures greatness? I think God measures greatness in terms of service, not status. God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you.
This concept can be difficult to understand and put into practise, but I saw an amazing example of it in my classroom yesterday.
Our class recently started working on Code Studio and students were busily working through the levels to complete the course and earn their certificate. Earning this certificate may have signified ‘greatness’ to them.
But one child was stuck on a level and was voicing their frustration. Without hesitating for a second, another student jumped out of their seat and walked across the class to help out. They explained that they too had been stuck on the level previously and showed them how to work it out. I thought that was true greatness. A student willingly giving up their time and postponing their progress towards earning their own certificate to help someone else out.
What a wonderful opportunity to discuss the importance of service and helping others. In those few minutes, I think our class learned a lot more than how to pass a level on Code Studio.
It reminded me about a story I had read about a professor who wanted to teach his students about service. He split the class into three groups and gave them each a separate set of instructions. Group One was to get to the hall across campus within fifteen minutes. Group Two was to get to the hall across campus within an hour and the third group had three hours to reach the hall. The professor had organised a drama student to act as if he was in pain. No one in group one stopped to help, two students from group two stopped to help, but all students in group three stopped to help. The professor’s message: hurry hinders service.
My prayer for all of us is that we don’t let opportunities to serve others pass us by. Let’s be inspired by the student in my class and like the students in Group 3 and give up our time to help and serve others. Surely this will make us truly great in God’s eyes.
God’s richest blessings,
Innovation, IT & Maths
Year 3/4 Teacher.
Read the full story about the Professor’s lesson here:
Dear TLS Community,