Steven (ptl2010), “Doing the Best I Can,” reminded me of a teacher/student interaction which occurred several years ago. Educators were/are encouraged to always be positive. One of the things we teachers often said, “Just do your best.” (Really that’s an out for not having to teach. Oops, should I have said that?)
On to my story. I was teaching remedial reading to junior high students in a summer session. Each child had his own prescribed list of work so I was sure the students could do their work independently. A boy brought his paper to me to be checked, he made about 40 percent on it. He looked at it and said, “I did my best so that good enough, isn’t it?” I responded, “No, that’s not good enough. That’s the reason I’m the teacher and you are the student. You are here to learn.” The child was somewhat shocked! I don’t know how long he had been given that way out of doing the “hard stuff.”
What I received from Steven’s blog was that I need to remember that my best is never good enough. But I can rely on God’s Son, the perfect Teacher, to help be do better. Thanks, Steven, for the reminder.