Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Are there jobs in heaven?

Have you ever wondered if we will still be discussing reading, writing, teaching and blogging in heaven? What would that conversation sound like? Would anyone even need teaching in heaven? Would people actually be separated into students and teachers? Would anyone need a second or foreign language teacher?
Hey, maybe I am onto something!
What language will we be speaking in heaven? Everyone speaks their own language and others will understand it no matter where they are from? Or is there going to be a different language in heaven that everyone will need to learn? Will this language include reading and writing or just speaking?
How about tests and assessments? Will there be item writers and test raters in heaven? If so, what will be assessed on those tests and exams?

I was having breakfast with a friend on Monday morning. We chatted about age, getting older (not me of course), changes in our lives, obstacles that we have overcome, hopes for the future, and then suddenly, she asked me, "do you think we will have jobs in heaven?" I did not know what to say! I had honestly never even thought about jobs and heaven in the same breath. Have you?

We started thinking about the whole concept of jobs and heaven. If we will eat in heaven, who will cook the food? Will we still be cleaning toilets in heaven? Will we even feel hunger in heaven? What about families? How big will be the extended families in heaven? Will we all live together? What will that look like? One house per family or a humongous palace for all to live together?

We did not really come up with any answers, but we had fun thinking about different scenarios. If we had a restaurant in heaven, would Jesus come for dinner? Would He leave a tip? What about teaching?  I hope (and believe) that by the time we get to heaven, we will have other, more important experiences to live for.
So, I am determined to be the best teacher I can be here on Earth. I will study the common core, I will attend professional development, I will practice reading and writing, I will learn new technology and collaborate with other educational professionals. At the same time, I want to prepare myself to do those "other things" when I get to heaven. Who knows, maybe I will get a chance to have dinner with Jesus

11 comments:

  1. Hmmm, what a ponder. I've never thought about jobs in the heaven I imagine. But the language, should there be a language, I imagine will be a language of love understood by all.

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    1. That is so true Betsy! Language of love!

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  2. Hmmm...there is a lot to think of in this post....but the conclusion, I suspect, is to give 100% towards living today while keeping an eye on the road ahead. Great advice for living.

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    1. Thanks Anita for stopping by! Trying to keep an eye on the road ahead.

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  3. I am determined to be the best teacher I can be here on Earth... yes, the reality of Heaven should inspire us to do our best at what we have been given to do here! Your writing today provides a lot to thin about!

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    1. Thank you! I think you are so right when saying that the reality of heaven should inspire us. I am inspired today by so many wonderful posts.

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  4. Fascinating thoughts, Jaana! I always kind of thought there won't be any jobs in heaven... I imagine just some kind of blissful relaxing place where we are free to do whatever we want to do all the time. Whatever we do, I'd like to think it won't be like work -- it will just be enjoying whatever we most love to do, like writing, doing crafts, etc. This is really a creative and thoughtful piece, and I liked how you brought it back to teaching in the end. (I definitely would love to meet you!)

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    1. Jennifer, thanks for your comments again! Crafts in heaven?? Wonder what kind of paper we will have there? By the way, I live in Michigan!

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    2. Oh, M*ch*g*n! That's kind of close! I don't know why I thought you were in OH too. I think we could manage it though -- we could meet somewhere in the middle! :) Do you have a Skype account? We could always try that first!

      As for paper, I think we'd just have whatever we want in heaven! Or maybe materials far better than anything we can imagine here... Who knows? Hehe.

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    3. Haven't Skyped in a while. Give me a few days to figure things out:)

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  5. I enjoyed pondering your questions along with you - and then I loved this towards the end, after you said you were going to be the best teacher now that you can be: "At the same time, I want to prepare myself to do those "other things" when I get to heaven." Amen!

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