Monthly Archives: January 2013

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Vocations

But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. -1 Corinthians 12:18

Do you know that the smallest bone in the body is no bigger than a grain of rice? It’s called the stapes and it’s one of the three tiny bones in the middle ear. It’s so tiny, almost insignificant in size, but if anything happens to it, we lose ability to hear clearly.

Sometimes we can also feel insignificant compared to those who have more important roles. Or maybe, if we’re on the other end of the pendulum, we may feel that we are more indispensable than other people.

Each one of us has specific roles to play that are equally important in the grand scheme of life. Jesus was anointed by God for a special purpose. Although He was born in a stable and worked as a carpenter, who would have imagined that He was destined to be the Savoir of mankind?

All of us have appointed parts to play in God’s beautiful tapestry of life. It doesn’t matter if you’re onstage to be seen by all or at the backstage hidden from men’s eyes. What’s more important is- Are you doing what you were anointed to do?

Reflection: If you were called to play the part of Romeo and you instead memorized Juliet’s lines, do you think the play will still turn out well?

Lord, use me, mould me, lead me, guide me- but first, please help me hear Your instructions correctly.

Credits to: Ronna Ledesma

Source: DIDACHE DAILY BIBLE REFLECTIONS FOR CATHOLICS 2013

Teaching: The rewards & negative aspects

The rewards

· You are your own boss- to a large extent you teach what you want.

· You are working with the subject that you enjoy, day after day.

· There is good job security and pay rises are automatic.

· The job is as creative as you want to make it.

· The job is as big as you want to make it.

· You can make a real difference to your children.

· You can form lasting relationships with students and staff.

· If you are good, your children will always remember you.

· There is excellent variety from day to day.

· You can gain valuable experience of a variety of jobs and situations.

· The actual school day is very short.

· It is a good job to combine with having a family.

· The teachers’ pension is a good perk.

· The holidays really are very good indeed- this is a big perk. (If you’re not convinced about this, just ask any office worker who only gets 20 days annual leave!)

The negative aspects

· The job is physically and emotionally tiring.

· The job expands to meet the extend of your dedication.

· You will encounter difficult and even disturbed children (and parents).

· You may put at risk of injury from these students.

· The nature of the job can lead to cynicism.

· The salary will never be brilliant and only rises very slowly.

· You friends in other professions will rapidly start earning (a lot) more.

· There is a lack of genuine promotion prospects for many teachers.

· Ironically, experienced teachers become too expensive for some schools.

· You will often have to work late, in your own time, to do a good job.

· You may be too tired to appreciate those lovely long holidays.

(Extracted from the book, ‘How to survive your first year in teaching’, by Sue Cowley)

P.S: Thanks for lending me the book Ms. Philippa. Proudly to say that I survived my first year in teaching. Hurray! Praise the Lord.

A New Serenity Prayer

Blessed New Year 2013! It’s a first day of schooling. My teaching goal for this year: Put God first. Pray more. Grades do not define who they are.What I should be concerned about is what went wrong! Teach them how to fish and not giving them fish freely. May I be a faithful and loving instrument in the building up of your kingdom on earth as I try to follow the example of your Son Jesus Christ, the greatest Teacher.Amen.

On this first day of schooling also, I’m

Finding God in A New Serenity Prayer by James Martin, SJ as below:

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God, grant me the serenity
to accept the people I cannot change,
which is pretty much everyone,
since I’m clearly not you, God.
At least not the last time I checked.

And while you’re at it, God,
please give me the courage
to change what I need to change about myself,
which is frankly a lot, since, once again,
I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.
It’s better for me to focus on changing myself
than to worry about changing other people,
who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying,
I can’t change anyway.

Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up
whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter
than everyone else in the room,
that no one knows what they’re talking about except me,
or that I alone have all the answers.

Basically, God,
grant me the wisdom
to remember that I’m
not you.

Amen

By JAMES MARTIN, SJ