Satan has been successful in diverting much of the Christian world's attention from the one doctrine that can save us, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, to the ancillary doctrines that have meaning only because they draw their sustenance from this redeeming event. Like a skilled magician, Satan's every move is to divert our attention and dilute our focus from the primary object at hand, namely Christ's atoning sacrifice, in hopes we will turn exclusively to doctrines of secondary and far lesser import.
The LDS Bible Dictionary defines the gospel as "good news" and then adds, "The good news is that Jesus Christ has made a perfect atonement."
The Atonemnt gives purpose and potency to every event in history.
Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon says, "If I wasn't dyslexic, I probably wouldn't have won the Games. If I had been a better reader, then that owuld hav ecom reasily, sports would have come easily... and I never would have realized the way you get ahead in life is hard work."
When we understand the intelligence behind students' errors, we can help in a way that truly extends their understanding.
The woods would be silent if no bird sang but the best.
As we move around the room hearing our studetns' stories, our teaching changes our children-- and it changes us. Each child becomes infinitely precious to us. "What fascinating, amazing kids I have," we think. When we feel this way, we stand a chance of making a differene in their lives.
It is not necessary to expect that all of us, as teachers, will regularly draft, revise, and publish our own essays and poems. What is necessary, however, is that we have memories of a time when we loved writing and that we draw on those memories when we teach writing. If we have even once in our lives experienced the power of writing, our teaching will forever be changed.
It is an illusion that writers livew more significant lives than non-writers; the truth is, writers are just more in the habit of finding the significance that is there in their lives.
A writer: someone who is enormously taken by things anyone else would walk by.