The teachers were more conscious of their student’s behaviour than I was.
Reference: v.1 O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture? (NLT Bible)
Explore: The other day I was invited to a local primary school to speak to some children about the radio station I work for. The grade 5 & 6 children were doing a term on media and I was asked to educate them on all the things I do behind the scenes as a producer. While the children were a little noisy it was only due to their enthusiasm to be involved and they all had questions to ask at the end. Upon leaving the school a couple of the staff apologised for some of the children’s behaviour. They were disappointed that the students had been a little unsettled and chatted a bit more than was polite. Having worked in a number of schools previously I told them there was no need to apologise as the students had been fine.
Application: Of course, the teachers were more conscious of their student’s behaviour than I was. While the student’s actions don’t always reflect the ability of the teacher I realised that the staff were more critical of how they behaved than I was. The hundred students that sat before me were just a sea of faces however to the staff they were well known children in which they had high expectation. When I was reading through Psalm 74 I noticed that the writer was asking God why He had greater emotion towards ‘the sheep of your own pasture’. I wonder whether it’s because God knows His sheep by name. We are not just a sea of faces to Him but individuals to whom He loves and cares for and He knows our potential. Just like the teachers He desires for us to live up to the highest potential and not get complacent with our lives.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you love us so much that you know us each by name. May we continue to strive to be the best people that you have created us to be. Amen.
Do you feel that you are living up to your full potential?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.