The Most Basic of Needs

I just took a two-day class on Behaviors in the Classroom. As part of the class we looked at Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow created a triangle that divided the needs of children (people really) into five areas. The top tiers cannot be met without the tiers below being met.

The bottom tier of his triangle, the most basic of needs, are Physiological (breathing, food, water, sleep, etc.). These needs obviously have to be met or you wouldn't survive. So, of course, they make up the bottom of the triangle. However, as we looked at this as teachers we understood that we have to take a hard look at the students in our classrooms to be sure these most basic of needs are met before any learning can occur. It breaks your heart to think that there are students in your classroom where these most basic of needs are not being met for a variety of reasons.

When I look at Psalm 36, David assures us that God (who knew of this "hierarchy of needs" LONG before Maslow) was concerned with our most basic of needs and was there to supply them for us.

"How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house,

and you give them drink from the river of your delights."

Psalm 36:7-8

If we will trust in God, He will meet our every need, beginning with the most basic. It's not because we are so amazing or lovable, it is because of His great "steadfast love" for us. As I sat through that class yesterday it was a good reminder of why I teach: I love my students. And while my love is not "steadfast" (it DOES get shaky at times), I know that God's desire is to love me and you, but His love never tires or grows weary, and the abundance of His house never runs out.


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