The phrases kept repeating in my head, planted there by a video from my soon-to-be college. “At BTI, we focus on who the teacher is as a person- not just what she teaches or why she teaches- because it’s the teacher as a whole that ends up being influential.” Who the teacher is. Who. Who am I. A child of my Father in heaven. Someone who wants to love wholeheartedly. Who is the teacher. Who. I need to learn the why and the what and the where and the when… and even who are the students themselves… but if I do not know who I am myself, I am disregarding the most influential part of teaching. Discipleship flows out of who I am, not what I know. It is Jesus through me, that’s the ‘who’ that will be influential- that’s who will bear much fruit. Whole, unified, together.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5