Making a difference in our work

“…..that every student that passes through our hands will be an outstanding one.”

This statement at the end of our school video shown at the school anniversary celebration last Sat caught my eye.

It really caused me to reflect and to really see the difference I can make to each student that ‘passes through my hands’. In that statement is also the sense of responsibility that we have during our ‘watch’ towards the students that have been entrusted in our hands. And it is also about ownership. About seeing that each of us educators have been positioned in our schools, classes and appointments for a specific time and purpose and there is a sense of duty towards helping our students achieve their fullest potential.

I believe that for educators, a job is not just a job. And I do not want to fall into the trap of letting the work that I do become so routine that I lose the sense that I can really make a difference to every student who comes to me. The mundane things that I do …..like chatting with Sec 1 students and international students to see if they have any issues ….. that short 15 minutes I spend with them is the opportunity I have to connect and to touch lives and to leave something with them. Not all of them will need counselling, but every one of them could do with knowing that someone in the school genuinely loves them and cares for them and is there for them should they ever need help.

I recall times where healthcare professionals have made a difference in the course of doing ‘mundane work’. I was particularly touched by 2 doctors when I was having my last miscarriage in Jan. The first being Dr Ian Yeo from the National Eye Centre. I was there for my regular eye check-up when I started bleeding. He took the effort to personally call my gynae at KKH to tell him that I would be going down so that I could bypass the queue. And he also shared his personal experience that he and his wife went through. It was very reassuring and really touched my heart, that he cared enough to do all this when I was feeling so frightened. It made a great difference to me that day and I will always remember his kindness. The second doctor is my gynae Dr Han How Chuan at KKH. It was his operation day, and he came out from OT just to see how I was when he could have just left it to another doctor on duty to attend to me. I was very touched that he came, despite his busyness. These are doctors in govt hospitals who have tons of patients to attend to everyday. Yet they each showed that they cared for their patients beyond just doing their job.

This experiences remind me that in our line of work, we must not lose the personal touch in the midst of our busyness. When I am busy, things sometimes become tasks that need to be done and checked off. I pray that the Lord will enlarge my heart, that I may move more and more with His compassion and to be His hands and feet where He has placed me in my workplace.

Love this song ‘One Little Heartbeat at a Time’ by Steven Curtis Chapman. Really speaks to me as an educator and also as a parent in this call I have to raise the next generation.

One Little Heartbeat at a Time

You’re up all night with a screaming baby
You run all day at the speed of life
And every day you feel a little bit less
like the beautiful woman you are

So you fall into bed when you run out of hours
and you wonder if anything worth doing got done
Well maybe you just don’t know
or maybe you’ve forgotten

That you, you are changing the world
one little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh you, you may not see it now
but I believe that time will tell
how you, you are changing the world
one little heartbeat at a time

With every, “I know you can do it”
and every tear that you kiss away
So many little things that seem to go unnoticed
they’re just like the drops of rain
over time, they become a river

And you, you are changing the world
one little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch and every smile
Oh you, you may not see it now
but I believe that time will tell
how you, you are changing the world
one little heartbeat at a time

Kid’s Prayer

Was praying for Daniel and this song came to mind. First heard it when I attended Children’s Church with Daniel. It was one of the songs they often sing for the combined worship with the older class. This song never fails to move me and bring tears to my eyes every time I listen to it. It is my prayer not just for Daniel, but for myself too.

Kid’s Prayer (I love You Jesus)

Dear God,
thank you for loving me,and giving me your all.
When I grow up,I will still be serving you.
I want to know you more, I want to love you more.
I’ll never forget you,Lord.
In Jesus’ name,amen.

I want to know You Lord 
You are a great big God 
I’m young and do not know a lot 
Come and be my all 
I want to Love You more 
Giving you my life and all 
You die for me you’ve sacrificed. 
I won’t forget You Lord 

I love You Jesus 
I will grow up knowing you 
I love You Jesus 
I will grow up serving you 
I love You Jesus 
My life is saved by you 

I will never forget never forget,
I will grow up knowing you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Yze_cczb84

‘Blessings’ by Laura Story

Felt very blessed and encouraged by the song ‘Blessings’ by Laura Story. Really felt that it spoke to me so much. The lyrics and melody are really beautiful.

Particularly moved by the line:

“What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy”

To me it was like a deeper revelation of God’s purposes when He puts us through trials. It gave me a different perspective of the disappointments, discontentment, disillusionment, discouragement that I sometimes feel.

Heard the story behind the song and how it was birthed out of a trial – about a year after she and husband were married, he had brain tumour. Encouraged that as we walk through dark moments – these can be times of great intimacy and where there are treasures of darkness, where the Lord teaches us lessons of life that cannot otherwise be learnt. In all, am encouraged and reminded that that there is a purpose for every trial that we go through.


“Blessings”

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

For Good

For Good

Verse 1:

I’ve heard it said

That people come into our lives for a reason

Bringing something we must learn

And we are led

To those who help us most to grow

If we let them

And we help them in return

Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true

But I know I’m who I am today

Because I knew you…

Chorus 1:

Like a comet pulled from orbit

As it passes a sun

Like a stream that meets a boulder

Halfway through the wood

Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?

But because I knew you

I have been changed for good

Verse 2:

It well may be

That we will never meet again

In this lifetime

So let me say before we part

So much of me

Is made from what I learned from you

You’ll be with me

Like a handprint on my heart

And now whatever way our stories end

I know you have re-written mine

By being my friend…

Chorus 2:

Like a ship blown from its mooring

By a wind off the sea

Like a seed dropped by a skybird

In a distant wood

Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?

But because I knew you

Because I knew you

I have been changed for good

Bridge:

And just to clear the air

I ask forgiveness

For the things I’ve done you blame me for

But then, I guess we know

There’s blame to share

And none of it seems to matter anymore

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This has been my favourite song for the past week. First heard it when I watched the musical ‘Wicked’. But did not have time to really listen to it again till last week.

Love this song as it is on the theme of friendship which is very close to my heart. Love the lyrics – about how relationships so much define who we are and how indeed iron sharpens iron. (Provbs 27:17)

I really love the second verse about how a friend leaves a ‘handprint’ on our hearts. It caused me to think about the friends I have made over of years. Some friends, though we are only together for a season, yet, I know that I have them close to my heart always because of the times we shared. Some of them have walked with me through difficult seasons and though we no longer meet up, yet the relationship is always there.

I remember fondly, my secondary friends, my JC friends, my history honours cum NIE friends, PRSS friends and NCSS friends. These people will always have a place in my heart and I really hold dear the memories which I have with them.

Then there are also people  who journey with you through the course of life. Loved ones like family, a few closer friends. Really want to take more time and effort to build relationships because it is an investment that goes beyond this lifetime into eternity.

Truly, one of my greatest joys in life is just simply talking to a friend(s) over coffee or a meal.

JC/Uni friends

 

NIE and History honours friends

PRSS friends

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