Verse: Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Marlene Evans always taught that we should find the gold glittering in people. How about our students? Do we see gold glittering in our most difficult students?
When Michael was young, I saw a lot of negative that I did not realize was really gold glittering. As a 2-year-old, he was by far the most stubborn person I had ever encountered. I thought I was expected to destroy that stubborn trait. But actually, I needed to direct and guide that trait to build a determined, persistent Christian young man that would stand for Christ and not be easily swayed.
When Michael was defiant at age 12 and ripped a cemented retainer out of his mouth, crushed it, and told his orthodontist that he was not going to put that in his mouth, it wasn’t my job to destroy his defiance. It was my job to change his goal in how he used his defiance. I needed him to be courageous and have a strong belief that the retainer belonged in his mouth! Then I needed to continue to teach him to use his courage and strong beliefs for Christ.
Michael had a lot of gold glittering that needed training, shaping, and redirecting according to God’s Word. Don’t give up on that difficult student. Instead, teach him to use his God-given traits to reach his full potential.