Keep Calm and Shoot Straight

A Blog for Teachers
by Mary Jean Powers

Wise Words

Aug 23, 2021

“Knowledge comes from learning; wisdom comes from living.”

Anthony Douglas Williams

Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash

Perhaps the primary quality for which Jesus is known is Teacher – a wise Rabbi. His message was relevant, He created memorable events, He told stories to which people could relate, and He genuinely cared for all His students. The Bible says that one of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to reveal God’s true nature and character. If Jesus was a great Teacher, then God must be, as well! And if all people are made in His image … hmmmmm … maybe we all have capacity to teach, even if we are not ‘called’ to be teachers.

In the Bible, Paul challenges all Jesus-followers to “instruct and direct one another using good common sense.” (Colossians 3:16 The Message Translation)

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus instructs His followers to teach others what they have learned from Him about godly living.

Proverbs 13:14 tells us to pay attention to wise people because their teaching is like a spring of life which turns people from the snares of all kinds of grief and loss.

Proverbs 16:21 and 23 are for all who strive to be good communicators: The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive. From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. (New Living Translation)

Wisdom and good instruction appear to be related, both in content and in presentation. How do you define ‘wisdom?’  What can you do this week to deepen your wisdom? What can you do to enlarge your capacity for wisdom? What are some of the solid life-principles (not opinions, arguments, or preferences, but sound principles for living) that you can weave throughout your conversations?

About Keep Calm and Shoot Straight

I am a teacher. You, too? I hope you love the profession as much as I do! I was 16 when I got my first teaching gigs – I had 20 private piano students and a Sunday School class of 4 and 5-year olds! At that point in my “career,” my definition of teacher was very limited. But now – after 45+ years of experience – I have come to realize that teacher can mean many different things. I’d like to share some of those insights with you! My posts will range from quotes to prayers, from cartoons to words of wisdom. Much of my teaching experience has been international, so you'll get to watch some video stories from around the globe. Jesus is the best Teacher I know, so I will be including Him in this blog, as well. I hope my thoughts and my story will encourage, provoke, and inspire you to become the teacher you’ve been created to be!

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Mary Jean Powers

Mary Jean Powers

B.A. in Christian Education
M.A. in Biblical Studies
Music teacher (band and choir director, private instruction) for 35 years
International Bible teacher for 17+ years
Certified Walk Thru the Bible instructor
Certified TESL International Instructor
CEU Provider for ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International)
Certified Life Coach and Chaplain

Who am I? A teacher coming alongside teachers!