I’ve taught for 28 years. For 28 years I’ve attended in-service meetings and heard 28-plus back-to-school pep talks from assistant principals, principals, vice-chancellors and chancellors. Many fine speeches!

But this morning for the first time in a teacher in-service, I heard the best from the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Lafayette. In closing remarks at the end of the in-service, she reminded us—-with genuine pathos—- that our work is a calling. Not just a human calling, but a divine calling. A holy calling.

She went so far as to admonish us that if any teacher in the audience did not regard this teaching work as a calling should report to our principals to let them know that we wouldn’t be around for the start of the school year.

The passion in her admonition gave me chills!  The conditioned “Baptist” instinct in me prompted a couple of Amens during her moving remarks.

I’ve always regarded my work as a calling, my teaching skill as a gift. But I never had a supervisor or superior to acknowledge and confirm it with such a mixture of force and grace.

So on to the calling! May God work in school year 2015-16, and may my service provide a useful instrument

From time to time, our lives need to be touched by unsolicited moments of inspiration.

From time to time, our lives need to be touched by unsolicited moments of inspiration.

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