Sacrifice

He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.James Allen (1864 ~ 1912)

Are you a coach, teacher, administrator, or counselor who is in this profession to save our post modern kids from themselves and the devil, or are you just in it for the paycheck? How deep are you in? What are you willing to sacrifice?

Those who sacrifice little are the teachers and coaches who arrive, put in their day’s work, and clock out by 4 pm. Then they selfishly go home to their own children, and leave the school’s children to fend for themselves for the rest of the day and night. They take home papers to grade, and they call parents when necessary, but they do not give their students or players their cell phone number for fear that the student or player would interrupt their “personal time”. When students are below grade level and need extra help, they refer them to the after school tutoring program, rather than staying late to work with them themselves. Their students gain, on average, about a year’s academic growth during their year in their class – but this is plainly immoral, because the students are below grade level, so these teachers are not closing this gap. Their classrooms and equipment lockers are lacking in supplies because they don’t spend any of their own money to buy them, relying solely on the school budget. These teachers and coaches “love” their students and players a little.

Then there are those who sacrifice much. When you accepted this marginally paid job, you expected to take full responsibility for the 45 students in your class or on your team, and that means you make yourself available to them at all hours, give up your lunches and free time, and stay at school ten to twelve hours a day. You are able to move their test scores up fast enough to recover the years they are behind and put them on track for admittance to a university. You don’t worry or complain about the fact that your school has no supplies and a reduced support staff, due to budget cuts, and you use your own money to purchase supplies, equipment, uniforms, and even food for your students. You give your students and players hope for the future. You “love” your students and players a lot.

As a teacher or coach who sacrifices much, you have become a martyr, sacrificed to atone for the sins of our selfish post modern society and what it has done to our kids. You work tirelessly to deliver entire communities from the grip of generational poverty. You make a huge difference in the lives of students and players. You have taken on for all of us the burden our society is unwilling to bear.

Your life is a prayer…..

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.[Mother Teresa

May God Bless you and keep you.