by Clayton McClure • Assistant High School Principal
As educators, we are always working on curriculum maps and lesson plans to better prepare us for the classroom so that we can impact the students that we interact with every day. This is a very intentional act that we do because we want to be adequately prepared for the day and week ahead. The last thing that we want to do is come in unprepared and not ready for awaits us in the classroom. To be honest, preparing for classes becomes second nature to us and has become a part of who we are as educators.
Truly, the greatest part of our ministry here at ELCA is being a Godly example and living out what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul put it this way, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”(1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV) As Christian educators we are called to be “Living Lesson Plans”, as we live our lives in front of the students. Not only here at ELCA, but everywhere we go we are called to be a living example of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. To fulfill this call we must be disciplined in our study of the Bible and have a consistent time of prayer daily. Just as we prepare for our classes or the athletic teams that we coach, we must also prepare ourselves in our Christian walk so that we can live out the Gospel in front of our students.
Jesus put it this way:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
There is no way of getting around it. We are called to be lights (Living Lesson Plans) and to shine the light of the Gospel in this dark world. Our call is to shine so bright that others can’t help but notice and they give all the glory to God. Ask yourself the tough question, “How have I prepared for my living lesson plans?”
“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”
Daniel 12:3 ESV
Clayton McClure came to ELCA in 2001 to teach English, Bible, and Public Speaking. Since then, he has taught at the high school and middle school levels. In 2010, he became the Assistant Principal for the Middle School. Prior to coming to ELCA, he taught and coached at Mt. Zion Christian Academy for two years. He graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has been married to his wife Heidi since 1998 and they have three boys (Ethan, Micah, and Jonah) who all attend ELCA. He and his family are actively involved at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church.