Students as Arrows

“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.” Psalm 127:4

This verse ordinarily applies to parents, but I believe it can also apply to teachers. Whether in grade school, high school, or college, our teachers shape who we are, and we in turn are a reflection of them. Our success is a source of their pride and our failure is a cause of their shame.

Because this is true, there is a weighty responsibility on the backs of students. We ought to endeavor to be the sort of men and women that are a credit to our teachers. We should be the sort of people that they hear about later in life and say, smiling broadly, “He was in my class.” They spend their days blessing us; we in turn should leave their tutelage having become a blessing to them.