Wisdom of John Wooden

I watched a delightful YouTube video in which John Wooden cited this verse:

No written word, no spoken plea
Can teach our youth what they should be
Nor all the books on all the shelves
It’s what the teachers are themselves


While of course I believe there is a book that can tell our youth what they should be (and so does John Wooden), what he meant by this is that teaching must be incarnational.  If we don’t live it, we cannot effectively pass it on.

I see so many teachers whose lives are a mess and who make choices they would not want their own kids or students to make.  We are all in process, and I need God’s grace for areas of needed growth in my life too.  But I know that they or I cannot pass on to our students what we are not.  We may be able to pass on what we are.

Father, grant me the grace I need to become all that you desire; not for my own sake, but for the sake of those I love and those you send me.  Help me to choose to run toward You, even when it’s hard and I want to hide.

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