She would need to set high standards for herself and learn self discipline, yet she would also need love and encouragement, that she might be filled with love and goodness. This set in motion the approach that was needed in the situation.
His teaching changed. Every young person who walked through his classroom became, for him, a future world leader.
He saw each one, not as they were, but as they could be. He expected the
best from his students, yet tempered it with compassion. He taught each one as if the future of the world depended on his instruction. After many years, a woman he knew rose to a position
of world prominence.
He realized that she must surely have been the girl described in his dream. Only she was not one of his students, but rather his daughter. For of all the various teachers in her life, her father was the best.
I’ve heard it said that “Children are living messages we send to a time and place we will never see.” But this isn’t simply a parable about an unnamed school teacher. It is a parable about you and me — whether or not we are parents or even teachers. And the story, OUR story, actually begins like this: “You will be given a child who will grow up to become....” You finish the sentence. If not a world leader, then a superb
father? An excellent teacher? A gifted healer? An innovative problem solver? An
inspiring artist? A generous philanthropist?
Where and how you will encounter this child is a mystery. But believe that one child’s future may depend upon influence only you can provide, and something remarkable will happen. For no young person will ever be ordinary to you again. And you will never be the same. The lessons are plain and clear to take in the stride. — (concluded)