Teaching and Patience

Peace, one and all…

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As I was teaching my classes this morning, I was struck by the extent to which teaching is an act of patience.  Or, to put it another way, teaching is almost a form of patience.  When planning my lessons, I must always ensure that I cater for all my students: I must be patient in other words.  When teaching, I must take great care to ensure that everyone is able to understand me clearly.  This means that I must use different ways to describe the same word, concept or issue.  It also means that I must always be ready to clarify myself: what I am really trying to say and why am I saying it?

Moreover, as I am learning more recently, the art of patience in education also means being patient with myself and my own limitations.  That is, I must realise that because I do not understand all things (Allah! I realise this very clearly), I cannot explain everything all at once.  In other words, I should be patient in the face of adversity when teaching.  Last week, for example, I had a text-based session all planned out but because of the idiosyncracies of the photocopier (and myself in operating it), my handouts were utterly confused.  Perhaps, then, patience refers also to planning and then to coping with the difficulties of the teaching experience itself.

I guess, then, I’m really saying that teachers should ‘tie their camels’ and then trust in God!  That God-given gift of patience is also a cause for deep, heartfelt gratitude.

Praise be to God, Who has placed lessons for us in all things.

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman

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2 thoughts on “Teaching and Patience

  1. Holy God’s gracious healing gift of patience takes us from pounding on a door called Impatience into God’s pure patient presence and ushers in a brand new tomorrow that starts whenever there is room for a totally trusting today.

    Eternally loved and treasured Teacher, holy God, open up a special place reserved for adoration in all hearts longing to love You; so that their appreciation of You and gratitude toward You is genuine.

    Deep searchers for God, anytime, anywhere, whenever You desire to meet Your holy Friend of Friends He will be there to hug you when You give Him a hug with your whole heart,
    mind, soul and strength. Say you love holy God and long to be His friend and obedient servant.

    Success is falling head over heels in love with God, Our Peace.

    Ladies and gentlemen, the world’s interest in God isn’t hug-orientated enough. This must change and this change must start happening in our corrupt inner being.

    God’s loving, compassionate, corrective, kick kicks in best when God-seeking
    mankind runs out of trust in his own unkind kick and stretches both his hands lovingly around God’s teachings.

    Ladies and gentlemen, before we can truly fall in love with Our Creator we must
    start fighting against the chest thumper in us.

    Intrepid fighters for good, it is possible to put the show off in us to the
    sword, without putting on boxing gloves by voluntarily falling in love with God’s holy, righteous, compassionate, forgiving character.

    It is in laying down our wants and desires that we find God’s wants and desires for our life. And it is in laying down our wants and desires that we find out that God’s best for our unique life is still to come.

    Whilst on this journey we will discover that one of the pervading spirits in our life that must be challenged is a spirit that labels our neighbor as unworthy of dignity.

    Fellow citizens of the world, appreciation for our neighbor is indispensable, if we are desirous to appreciate God’s gracious, praiseworthy love continually being demonstrated on our behalf.

    The spirit of mankind that announces that “we will fight terror with all our
    might” honors God, only if we abide in His might. His might is the very words that He speaks.

    If we abide in the very words that He speaks we will hear His holy voice and we will pray fervently for our neighbors.

    We will say to them that we have hurt you and you have hurt us.
    We shall say to them, also, that we shall not lift a hand of violence against you anymore, but leave all judgments to Our totally trustworthy Creator God; for He is sovereign Judge and He will administer perfect justice in all our lives.

    Our trust is in God Almighty who kicks, unlike self-centered man, trouble into touch without the awesome adventure of life being spoilt.

    Lovers of goodness, dishonoring God with acts of merciless revenge must never be applauded.

    Lovers of goodness, let us also appreciate that chest-thumping mankind can never promise and deliver a safer world, even if many misguided people cheer them on.

    Does anybody really want to be led by chest-thumping bullies?

    Faithful holy God, help us to understand that the truly God-honoring of this age must not be gun-totting in either word or deed.

    Precious readers, if we are truly tired of shedding blood we would throw away our trust in weapons that inflict bloodshed.

    Intrepid searchers for truth, let us remember that terrorists – as evil as
    they behave, still have a body, soul and spirit.

    God Almighty can and will punish, correct, rebuke, chasten and enlighten them whenever He chooses.

    Although Terrorism is evil, let us not set our heart on physically exterminating terrorists but pursue purity in word and deed.

    True faith, the faith that we aspire to, announces that Our Peace bringer,
    holy God, will disarm the enemies of peace when we disarm ourselves and arm
    ourselves with His reconciliatory, forgiving life-edifying and ennobling
    spirit.

    May I encourage everyone whose belief systems have been tolerating the shedding of blood to walk into God’s garden of grace.

    May I encourage you further now to start hugging His wisdom. Persevere patiently and God will you grow you up in prudence.

    Persevere patiently lovers of God’s wisdom, until your arms and mind are too tired to wave revengefully at terrorists.

    Peace-loving holy God, our lifelong prayer is to abide daily in Your holy wisdom; so that Your healing, inspiring, beautiful, friendly love will overshadow us perpetually like a band of lovely spring weather.

    Blessed God of heaven and earth, we know that as long as we keep obediently
    hugging Your wisdom and truth, that even in the severest winters of our lives, You will love us so lovingly that confidence in You will be the constant color of our countenance.

    Thank You sincerely for being Our cherished companion and thank You for all Your
    extraordinary patience and encouragement.

    God of yesterday, today, tomorrow and eternity, we love and cherish You.

    Help us to hold up Your beautiful banner of truth with passion and pride as we bring Your pure love to an ailing world to the glory of Your richly compassionate, absorbingly interesting and fascinatingly comforting name.

    May God richly bless Abdur and his family with His richest gift of patience. Amen.

  2. Peace Josef,

    May God’s love be with you always.

    Thank you for your prayers. They are welcome and appreciated.

    I especially treasure the line: ‘success is falling head over heals in love with God’. Allah! May God’s truth be always exalted.

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