When the Teacher Becomes the Student

Tammy Jones —  December 16, 2010

I just finished reading Sam Luce’s article “Hanging Out with Sally Lloyd-Jones”  in this month’s issue of K! magazine. Sally is quoted as saying,

“Jesus, of course, has the highest view of children. And, children are our teachers in many ways, maybe as much as, if not more than, we are theirs.”

This is so true. My three-year-old granddaughter has taught me so much!

Here are a few lessons I have learned from Adyson:

  1. Be enthusiastic.  Go at your job, your to-do-list, your hobby, your ministry with all the gusto you can work up.  Just jump in there and go at it.
  2. Be glad to see people.  Whenever you see someone coming – SMILE. Grab them and hug them. Shake their hand heartily. Yell their name. Okay, you don’t have to yell, but make sure they know you are glad to see them.
  3. Say “thank you” and “I love you” often.    Be thankful for everything people do for you and tell them. Let the people you love know that you love them.  Make sure they know it.
  4. Play awhile and rest awhile.  A little rest and recreation restores your soul and your mind – especially your creativity.
  5. Love to learn.  Read a book.  Take a class.  Learn a new hobby.  Attend a conference.  Talk to someone who loves the same things as you.  Keep on learning.  You are never too young or too old to learn something new.  Then share with someone else.

See what you can learn from a three-year-old! What have you learned from unlikely people?

Earlier this week, Sally Lloyd-Jones’ book The Jesus Storybook Bible was added to our Volunteer Toolbox Series.  Check out that article to find out more about the book!

Tammy Jones

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Tammy is married with two grown children and has 5 grandchildren and counting. Tammy volunteers as the Children's Minister at CoveCreek Baptist Church in Glencoe, Alabama, where she ministers to children from preschool age through sixth grade.

5 responses to When the Teacher Becomes the Student

  1. Loved everything about this post Tammy! Is that your Grandbaby? Can’t for more of your post! Keep them coming!

    • I was going to ask Tammy for a picture of her granddaughter, but I ran out of time. So, that is a stock photo of a very cute kid. I’m sure Tammy’s grand daughter is cuter though. :)

      Tammy – great article. I can’t begin to tell you how much God has taught me through my own kids and through the kids in my ministry.

  2. Thanks Leisa! You are always full of encouragement.
    Wayne, of course Adyson is the cutest kid in the
    world. :) By the way I have a new two month old
    grandson, Cayson, and Adyson is going to be a big
    sister. So I will be learning lots and lots because I
    have so many teachers! Just hope I can retain all
    this information. LOL

  3. Nice article. I must emphasize that teachers are intense learners. The Hebrew word for teach and learn is the same; therefore, teachers must always be in the learning mode. There is always something to learn.

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