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Proud To Be a Teacher

By EMN Updated: Aug 27, 2021 12:27 am

Good morning to all

“Some of the most beautiful things we have in life comes from our mistakes.”

We become the best people in life when we learn from our mistakes. The insightful observation of Mr.Surgeo Bell was both introspective as well as retrospective in order to see life from a holistic perspective. Surgeo is a poet, motivational speaker, recording artist, and writer. He reminded his readers that we learn the most valuable lessons from mistakes. My opinion is that it is a new beginning or a turnaround.  

It would be foolish for human beings to avoid mistakes altogether. S Radhakrishnan, an eminent philosopher, and writer reminded us that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Saint Augustine originally said it centuries ago, but Oscar Wilde popularised it when he said: “There is only one difference between a saint and a sinner: every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

In what sense does that mean?

It means that everyone who has ever been a Saint was once less than saintly. Those who have become saints started out as ordinary people just like us. It is impossible for someone to be born into “Sainthood.”

People who are able to connect past and future in a humble way are the ones who can make beautiful life lessons for themselves and their descendants.

Leonardo DaVinci searched for the ideal face and found a charming, graceful, and compassionate one for his painting of Christ.  Years later, when he was portraying Judas pictures, he looked for an apt and natural face.  A paradoxical experience, he met the same person he had imitated years earlier?  

Because of the rotation of the wheel of time, the realities of life, the experiences of life, and the agonies of life turned the compassionate, graceful, and charming face into an aggressive, cruel, and notorious one.

Mentors, you are being entrusted with a wonderful responsibility to make every child grow up to become a guru. Every disciple must grow up to the level of his master and not less, and Christ may have been the first master to teach this. Nevertheless, this is a possibility for every human being.

Mentors, it is a call is to participate in His teaching ministry, one of his threefold public powerful ministry. “Education is the most powerful weapon that we can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa. His words could be seen as a continuation of Christ’s teaching ministry.  

We may make mistakes because of our impulses, worldly nature, immaturity, lack of understanding, lack of awareness, easy-going mentality, ego, selfishness, pride, power, etc.

Our sincere repentance is the best way to obtain forgiveness from God.  Paul reminds Corinthian Christians about this: “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.” ( II Corinthians 7:9).

In the following verse, he continues: “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted,  but the sorrow of the world produces death.”(II Corinthians 7:10).

According to the Orthodox Study Bible (p.1580) there is a beautiful interpretation of this verse: Feeling sorry is not enough. Repentance and diligence are the results of heartfelt, godly sorrow. Repentance purifies us of sin and alienation, and diligence zealously pursues holiness and reconciliation. In this way, we continue our path toward salvation and eternal life.  

In a spiritual war zone, we are entrenched in patterns of sin that become habitual.  Darkness becomes imprinted in our souls and bodies so that even our wills are bypassed and we sin automatically.

For self-purification as promised by God, we must undergo a sustained struggle for holiness.  The cleaning process includes genuine sorrow for our sins, confession, and repentance.  

By this, I mean a willful avoidance of sinful situations, reconciliation with the wronged, and a resolute practice of Christian virtue, as well as cleaving to God by faith and prayer.

Again he asks: Is this too difficult for us humans?

Yes. In this way, it is the Holy Spirit who transforms us into people of peace with God and who empowers us to repent and live a life of peace with Him.

“Some of the most beautiful things we have in life comes from our mistakes.”

We must humble ourselves before Almighty and follow the beautiful thought of Surgeo Bell in order to achieve perfection in repentance, reconciliation, and correction every day and in every moment of our lives. That’s my prayer.

Have a blessed day.

MGM College,
Midland, Dimapur

By EMN Updated: Aug 27, 2021 12:27:24 am