The Teaching Life: Heart to Heart

One of the joys of teaching is watching something that has deeply influenced my life have a profound effect on someone else.  When it happens, it’s a feeling that says, “this is not going to die with you; it is going to move ahead at least one more generation.”

Over the years, I consider the greatest blessing of teaching to be the passing on of such things to a new generation—things which made their way to me, but did not stop with me.

This is what I think of when I think of a teacher’s legacy.  It is the joy that comes to a teaching heart when it has transferred God’s truth to someone else.  When “heart speaks to heart” the teaching life has occurred.

 

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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2 Responses to The Teaching Life: Heart to Heart

  1. Steve Williams says:

    I believe your best teaching tool is the actions of your life for others to see and witness. Words of truth can be ignored but actions are difficult to deny, even for fools. Since I have known you I have seen Christ in you. That is a truth I will carry with me as proof Christ lives today. I am grateful for you walking the walk.

  2. Barry Bahr says:

    Dr. Harper (Steve), you have helped nourish the seeds God placed in my heart. Thank you! Many blessings to you for that. I pray that seed is sown into the hearts of those we shepherd in the Lord’s care. Peace, Barry Bahr

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