I have to admit, there are times while I’m subbing for music teachers, that an old ache fills my heart. I love teaching music, and I would have enjoyed making that my career. I believe I would have been successful.
I just finished a very hectic day for an awesome teacher. She’s great and has wonderful plans, visuals, and equipment. It’s so fun to put it all together–adding a steady tempo on the Orff instruments to the accompanying omnichord (for you “oldies” that’s the electronic version of an autoharp!) while the students sing. I LOVE IT! You may ask, “Then why aren’t you teaching music?” Because God called me elsewhere.
Back in 1983, just a year and a half after we were married, I interviewed for what I would have called the perfect job: high school choir and elementary music. I got the job, but that same week I was asked to teach kindergarten in our Christian school. I chose the kindergarten class, having a desire to get into Christian education. I still remember the first morning we had devotions together as teachers. I nearly cried. It was such a joy to my heart to be able to teach biblical truths straight from the Bible while teaching the standard curriculum. In fact, after leaving Christian education and subbing in the public schools, I nearly started class with prayer several times! Wouldn’t that have raised a ruckus!
When God calls, don’t look back! Yes, it would have been more lucrative; yes, there were lots of perks, but that wasn’t what God made me to do. I’m supposed to be a pastor’s wife, and I’m supposed to teach about God and care for His people, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!
However, in some ways, it would have been easier to teach music:
- Your day has a start and finish.
- You can see when you are being successful: The concert is a success; the student progresses, etc.
- The year has a beginning and an end
- You have the summers off!
- You are guaranteed to have a crowd!
Do you see that the opposite is often true of the ministry?
- There is no clock. A pastor and his family never clock out.
- At times, sometimes for years on end, you see no progress. Lives do not change, truths are not applied or embraced, etc.
- Yes, there is a new start to every year, but it seems like there’s no beginning or ending.
- Summers mean VBS, summer camps, and often extra activities.
- We work with a volunteer army! They may be here, but then again, they may not be!
All this said, the greatest difference is eternity. Sadly, I cannot say much in the public school concerning Jesus Christ or the Bible. Yes, I can be a good example. I can “shine” for Jesus, but one of the most difficult things for me is to see this great mass of students and know I am not allowed to “preach” to them. And I understand the reasoning–it’s just hard for this pastor’s wife to be silent!
What’s the point of this rambling? Bloom where you are planted. Do the job which God has called you to do. Be faithful. We are all in the Lord’s army, and God has given each of us a mandate to carry out His work.
And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water
only in the name of a disciple,
verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
And if you want to make your pastor, pastor’s wife, youth leader, Sunday school teacher, or any other church worker’s life easier–show up, volunteer, be an active part of your church–be faithful. Your talents are invaluable, and what better way to use them than for our Lord and Savior? And besides all that, the benefits are out of this world!! A