Have you dealt with a disruptive student?  That’s a rhetorical question, isn’t it?!  We’ve all been faced with behavioral challenges while teaching.  I’m definitely not against discipline and order, but today I want to offer you a different perspective…

Some days, I study at my local library.  I sit at a round table that has outlets to plug all my devices into.  After school, several boys come and sit at the round table as well, to do their gaming.  This may come as a shock to you, but I’m not a gamer.  :)  I observe these boys’ behavior and their language and, quite honestly, get irritated.  I’ve started giving them the “look” whenever they curse.  One day, I heard the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit say to me about one boy in particular, “He might be a preacher.”

From that very moment, my entire perspective changed.  Instead of focusing on the here and now, I began to see what could be.  It was a gentle reminder from God that He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), and I do not.

It reminds me of something a favorite author, Andy Andrews, says, “Don’t aim to raise great kids, raise kids who will become great adults.” We need long-term vision, not short-term.  We need a consciousness of what will be.

Give your students hope for the future.  Remind them of the potential inside of them!  Myles Munroe describes potential as dormant ability, reserved power, untapped strength, unused success, hidden talents, capped capability.  What you see now is not all there is!  Instead of praying for children to obey in class today (which I often do), start to pray over their futures.  God created everything with potential, including those “problem” students!

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Samarah Vermeer is passionate about equipping the next generation with the Word of God! After school, she returned to her small Iowa hometown and spent many years serving in children’s ministry, directing summer camp, and handling church finances. She is now married to her favorite farmer, volunteers in the children’s department at Family Worship Center in Sioux City, IA and writes Sunday School curriculum. Samarah is a graduate of Domata School of Missions and Rhema Bible Training Center. She loves books and bookstores, cooking and cooking shows, deep conversations and traveling to new places-- most likely with some chocolate in her purse.

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