Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 23 - Intentional Goodness in the Classroom

I was recently in a school in Miami that has a fruit and vegetable program. Each day they bring a sandwich-bag sized snacks for locally grown fruits and/or vegetables to try. The students had cabbage that day and the kids really liked it. I was impressed at how willing they were to try new things. The fruit of the Spirit contain all the goodness needed for a classroom culture and makes the perfect character education platform.

A verse to ponder

Gal. 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

An intentional blessing for the classroom

Many children come to school hunger these days. Try to identify one student today that you suspect is hungry. Give him/her a piece of fruit today, just because. If you feel especially generous, purchase a little case of “Cuties,” (mandarin oranges) for all your students.

A focus of reflection

As you give the student a piece of fruit, praise God for all He has given us. Think of that fruit as a symbol of the fruit of the Spirit and be intentional about your classroom culture as His ambassador. Consider hanging pictures of fruit as reminders for yourself on those days when things aren’t going as well as planned. Notice that it is the fruit of the Spirit (singular) as your ponder the verse above. May you be a blessing to all your human touches today.

Day 24
(Greeting each student, each period, each day at the door)

As always, I am
Prayerfully dependent,


Karen C. Seddon
CEAI, State Director, Florida

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