Living in Interesting Times

My grandmother taught in a one room school house.

She was sixteen, teaching all grade levels, nearly 90 years ago.

She went on the get her Master’s degree and teach into her 60s. Her sisters were also teachers, including one who was the high school English teacher of actor John Malkovitch.

Can you imagine trying to teach first graders through high school seniors, simultaneously? Can you imagine trying to do it at age 16?

There’s an ancient curse, “may you live in interesting times.”

I would imagine teaching 25 or 30 kids of all ages would be exceptionally challenging, in addition to interesting.

We’re certainly living through interesting times.

For many of us, pandemics and politics lead to daily uncertainty. In those moments of doubt, we can take advice from my grandmother and from scripture: to put our trust in God.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6


Jim Meisner, Jr. is the author of Soar to Success the Wright Way, a motivational history book about the Wright brothers and the novel Faith, Hope, and Baseball.

Follow this link for more information about both books:

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