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Lipstick in School

 Lipstick in School (Priceless!)
                 According to a news report, a certain private school
                 in Washington was recently faced with a unique
                 problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning
                 to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom.
                 That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick,
they would
                 press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
                 Every night the maintenance man would remove them,
                 and the next day the girls would put them back.
                 Finally the principal decided that something had to
                 be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and
                 met them there with the maintenance man. She
                 explained that all these lip prints were causing a
                 major problem for the custodian who had to clean the
                 mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns
                 from the little princesses).
                 To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean
                 the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the
                 girls how much effort was required.
                 He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in
                 the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.
                 Since then, there have been no lip prints on the
                 There are teachers … and then there are educators.

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On our blogs we have had favorite teacher surveys and talked of people who we felt have influenced our lives the most. We’ve asked each other the question, “Who do you consider to have had the most impact on your life”? These are good things and people to talk about. We all have “heroes”. There are surveys out all the time about who the most influential men and women are in the world. However, who’s impact/influence has stood the test of time?

Socrates? He taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only 3-1/2. Yet the influence of Jesus 3-1/2 year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest philosophers of all time. Jesus painted no pictures; yet, some of the finest paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci received their inspiration from Him. Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton and scores of the world’s greatest poets were inspired by Him. Jesus composed no music; still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies and oratories they composed in His praise. Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble Carpenter of Nazareth.

Though some would like to deny it, the most worthy impact Jesus has had in the lives of men, women and children through the ages continues even today. How is His impact on you, today, personally? Is he still the beautiful rose of Sharon, the lily in the valley, the power that is found in His name, the one who gives you a song in the night….?

There may be many people to whom we are thankful for the influence they presently have or have had on our life. However, I hope and pray that the most influential people in our life be those who are also most influenced by Jesus Christ! Better yet, is that we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If we are under the control of His influence we can become the greatest influence in the lives of others as well!

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We really expect a lot from the school teachers these days!

After being interviewed by the school administration, the teaching prospect said,

‘Let me see if I’ve got this right:

‘ You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

‘You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

‘You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job. ‘You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the state exams.

‘You want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

‘You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps. ‘You want me to do all this and then you tell me……………..


Thanks to my friend Cassandra for this one.

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