I’ve been teaching ever since I can remember.

As a little girl, I would line up my dolls and instruct them in the ways of their pretend world. As a teen, I taught real kids at Vacation Bible Schools and backyard Bible clubs. Later in life, I spent twenty-some years teaching literature and writing to Christian school students. Now I see students on an individual basis to help them with a particular test or assignment.

Though I spent many years in the classroom, that’s not where I encountered my greatest inspiration. It came from the men and women who muscled through some challenge or problem in life, and then beckoned me through the door they had opened, calling, “I found the way. Follow me.”

I aspire to be a Doorkeeper. And maybe if I’m faithful in this life, I’ll be tenured into the position for the life to come.

“Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a Doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”
Psalm 84:10

Renee A. Smith


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