Archive for May, 2009

Pete’s Dragon, in Perspective

May 29, 2009

So, last night, I decided to watch a movie I had loved to watch as a child. It was the Disney Classic, Pete’s Dragon. (Great movie, by the way. I highly recommend you watch it at least once.) As I watched the part where Doc Terminus returns to the town of Passamaquady (do I get extra points for getting the name right?) out of chance (I assumed that they were trying to escape from government officials or something, since Doc Terminus is a con man and had been charged with malpractice before), I just noticed parallels between him and the enemy, Satan. Both have a notorious record of deception, both of them used false miracles to bring people to their side, and both of them have successfully brought the people against the good guys through this deception. Pete and Elliot, his dragon, however, reversed this scenario by rescuing the townspeople from the chaos that Doc Terminus created, though much of that was capitalizing from Elliot’s mistakes, especially when Pete and Elliot arrive at Passamaquady for the first time. The only people who got to see Elliot before the end of the movie were Lampie, though many did not believe him, as he saw him while he was drunk, and Hoagie, the dimwitted assistant of Doc Terminus.

The overall belief of the existence of Elliot was not entirely clear, though. Nora and Lampie, the lighthouse keepers who found Pete and took him in, did not believe that Elliot existed. Doc Terminus did not believe in Elliot’s existence until he saw the dragon-shaped hole in the wall at the school building. That was when he started scheming to get rid of the dragon and make a quick buck out of his parts. The rest of the town seemed to not believe that Elliot exists. They labeled Pete as the troublemaker, and although many of them did assist Doc Terminus in trying to capture the dragon, their motives were not known. The Gogans, Pete’s foster family who treated him cruelly, only wanted Pete out of the whole situation. I assume that they did not believe that Elliot existed, either.

I could talk a bit more about parallels, but I think it would be better if others watched the movie, themselves. That way, they can understand better the parallels that I am talking about. Again, I highly recommend this movie to anyone who has not seen it.

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Photos of my Friends From School

May 22, 2009

Yup. I brought the DSi to school. I decided to take pics, since it was the last day.

Mrs. Joan, the principal.

Mrs. Joan, the principal.

Mr. Alan, the school pastor. (He's a bit camera-shy)

Mr. Alan, the school pastor. (He's a bit camera-shy)

From Left: Brandon, Charlie, and Nicholas. We hang out a lot.

From Left: Brandon, Charlie, and Nicholas. We hang out a lot.

From Left: Bret, Drew, Alicia, Alyssa, Allie (I get the three mixed up), and Cameron.

From Left: Bret, Drew, Alicia, Alyssa, Allie (I get the three mixed up), and Cameron.

Tre' (Left) and Josh (Right).

Tre' (Left) and Josh (Right).

"I wiseman once once said.... 'I bet you could smuggel a whole roast into the show with that purse.' -Alan Miller" I thought this was fun to keep, so I took a pic.

"I wiseman once once said.... 'I bet you could smuggel a whole roast into the show with that purse.' -Alan Miller" I thought this was fun to keep, so I took a pic.

 

A couple of pics came out blurry, but overall, I think they came out pretty well.

First Year Experience

May 21, 2009

This Friday marks the end of my first year as a full-time teacher. Before I start talking about my first year, I want to talk about the events that led up to me becoming a teacher.

I was struggling with college, not just because of my grades, but also because of my lack of interest. I had no passion in my life. I didn’t know who I wanted to be as an adult. The major I picked was only because my dad had the same major when he went to college. I didn’t last very long in my first Accounting class. I felt that there was too much to learn in such little time. So, I dropped the class out of discouragement. Spring, 2008, was my last semester in college, for a time. I gave up. I had no clue where to go next. Early that summer, I fasted. I ate nothing for three days. The only thing I allowed in my stomach was water. Each night, I prayed and read my Bible for an answer. The second night, I was given Matthew 6:31-34.

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

I broke my fast at lunchtime the day after, and I thanked my Lord for this answer. August, 2008, my pastor gave me a call. He and the principal of the school took me out to lunch, and we talked about me being able to work as a teacher full-time the following year.

That September, after hurricanes Gustav and Ike passed, I started working full-time as a teacher. It was a bit tough, at first. Being able to discipline students for their actions was new to me, and I was quite hesitant to give them pages of lines to write, even when I should’ve. I’ve definitely made mistakes over the months, but with each mistake came greater triumph. I’d say by about the middle of the year, I was learning how to wield the ability to discipline students when they needed to. I did start giving lines, but I started at 3 pages. I also needed to learn how to wield the ability to discern when to give grace and mercy when I discipline. There were a few times when I overdisciplined the students, but it was necessary for me to learn how to wield the ability to discipline correctly.

Oh, another factor I had a bit of trouble with was the topic of favoritism. One of the students I teach was my classmate when I was once a student there. We have been best friends since the day we met. Oftentimes, I was accused by a couple of other students that I was being more lenient to him than to the other students. Although I did not mean to, I do believe that I may have unintentionally made the mistake of favoritism a few times. But then, the students who were accusing me of favoritism weren’t exactly the most well-behaved students in the classroom, either. The funny thing was, they never could use my sis (also another student at the school) as being a favorite. I mean, she was quiet the whole time she did her work, and the only time I had to correct her was when she got hyper during break.

Another thing I had to learn was when I needed to raise my voice and take command. I’m usually a quiet person, and having gotten in trouble in the past for being loud, back before I was saved, I had to overcome the fear of raising my voice. I’d say that I’ve started to learn to raise my voice correctly was in the last few months. Sometimes, when I correct other students, some of them want to argue instead of being obedient. This has been especially helpful in the past few weeks, as the students have gotten rowdier, being near the end of the school year.

Now that the year has come to an end, I want to thank those who have helped me so much through the year. First off, I want to thank Mrs. Joan Perre, the principal of Restoration Christian Academy, for not only hiring me as a teacher, but also for being my spiritual guide in my walk with the Lord. I also want to thank Mr. Alan Miller, the school pastor, for being an inspiration in so many ways. When I was a student, he inspired me to be a greater Christian through his devotions. When I became a teacher, he further inspired me both as a Christian and as an instructor, and I would watch them when he and Mrs. Joan corrected or disciplined a student, that I may learn more. If I had a list of people who have inspired me, Mr. Alan and Mrs. Joan would be near the top of the list, alongside my church pastor and his wife and my parents. My Lord would be at the very top. I would like to thank all of the students that I taught, this year. I especially want to thank those who were the toughest to discipline. I know that being a teacher is not supposed to be a peaches-and-cream job. I am thankful that there was someone who was willing to give me a  hard time. Otherwise, I would not have grown as much as a teacher. I needed to learn how to deal with those tough situations, or else I would be ill-prepared in the later year. Last, but definitely not least, I want to thank my Lord, who was, is, and forever will be my greatest inspiration. Not only has He given me my future, he has given me a great responsibility.

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”

James 3:1

To be chosen as a teacher by my Lord is, to me, a very high honor. I understand that at Judgment Day, I will be judged more strictly. I am willing to accept that responsibility, and I thank my Lord for it. I also want to thank my Lord for answering the prayers I make just about every morning before I leave for school. I pray each morning that He gives me the wisdom and the courage to make the right decisions, and when I make mistakes, He uses those mistakes to help me wield my abilities more correctly.

Now, with my newfound passion in hand, and having grown so much spiritually and academically, I am ready and willing to finish my years in college so that I may get that degree in teaching. I plan to try to teach and go to college at the same time, but if it proves to be too much a burden, I know my Lord will make my path straight. He has made straight my path before, and He will do so again, when needed.