Dr. Tim Crook – “Connections ”
“Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Scripture is rich in the teachings of connecting with people and building relationships with them based on the principles of the relationship that we have with our Friend and Savior Jesus Christ.
I was an elementary teacher and principal over my career in public education, and I have always tried to establish relationships that model the scripture for today’s devotional thought with students, fellow teachers, and parents. The following are snapshots of how Colossians 3:12 has played a part in my walk with Christ, being the hands and feet of Jesus in the day to day life of school:
- Compassion - Talking with a child who has messed up at school in a big way, but knowing that the acting up was a symptom of a “sickness” that came from a home life that was less than desirable.
- Kindness - Taking care of physical and emotional needs before even trying to meet the academic needs of my students.
- Humility - Trying to always put my teachers first and giving them 100% of the credit for our wonderful school climate and family-feeling at our school.
- Gentleness - This was always a hard challenge for me especially on the days that were filled with conflict and barriers to learning. A gentle approach always produced more positives than negatives.
- Patience - Always needed, but sometimes hard to achieve in the hustle and bustle of a day at school.
Thought for the Day: Jesus wants to “dress us for success” in every way. It is our choice to put on the clothes of Colossians 3:12.
– Dr. Tim Crook, Associate Professor of Education