I think it was my 7th grade school teacher that wanted every one of her students to give her a small school picture. Her reasoning was if one of us became an astronaut or president, she’d have a recollection of us and could say, “That was one of my students!”
I only have a vague memory of that year and so I’m not sure what each of those 7th graders have gone on to do. Many things change and many others have crossed my path since that time.
I am more familiar with what many in my high school class have accomplished, though some of them were once with me in 7th grade.
Someone can lay claim to teaching President Obama and another can claim teaching President Bush. Everyone can be claimed by a teacher. Even the greatest teacher’s had a teacher.
I am sure that many students have sorely disappointed their instructors. I can remember some of that disappointment in the classroom over students that were mischievous, didn’t study, lied, or just did poorly.
It’s difficult to tell exactly what each child will grow up to be.
There is one Child that much was known about – even to a total stranger.
At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations and he is the glory of your people Israel!” Luke 2:25-32
Of course the story is clear that Simeon was led by the Holy Spirit to the young Jesus. Maybe the Holy Spirit doesn’t give you keen insight into the life of the children that you know.
What the Holy Spirit does give you is the ability to pray for the children that you know.
You can pray for each one’s salvation.
You can pray for deliverance and guidance; for generational curses to be broken and for restoration and healing.
You can help guide a child into a relationship with the Savior.
When the scripture says to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6), it is not just instruction for a parent but for all that would teach children.
No matter what you do today, tomorrow, or next week, you are teaching a child.
Children learn by example and observation. What do they observe in you?