Hello to all you awesome teachers out there!
I’m thinking many of you are snow bound like I am and are enjoying a couple, or maybe more, of unexpected days off. Isn’t it wonderful?! It’s great to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the winter wonderland God is creating for us in the South as I’m writing this post. It is certainly one of the perks of being a teacher for sure! :)
So instead of doing the usual video blog, I thought I would share a couple of thoughts with you about our calling.
I was watching Christine Caine speak at Passion 2015 in Atlanta on YouTube today, and I want to share a couple of very important points she made that are applicable and encouraging to all of us Christian teachers in the public school classroom. Of course, she wasn’t speaking directly about or to teachers, but I always seem to interpret everything through the lens of my teacher colored glasses! I’ve incorporated a couple of my own thoughts as well after reflecting upon her message…
#1 – Teaching is a calling, not a career. We are called by God to be in our classrooms. Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
#2 – Therefore, we are to be workers for Him. 1st Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
#3 – Since the work we do is for Him, it’s for His glory and not ours. Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
#4 – God wants the souls of our students, but so does the Devil. Luke 10:2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Think. About. It. Especially #4.
You and I know, without a doubt, the enemy has his laborers working overtime for the souls of our students. Therefore, we have to work harder and harvest more!
Our Christian presence in the classroom is a must, but not just our presence, but our presents - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We can, and must, win them for Christ!
Let’s pray for and encourage our fellow Christian teachers who work alongside us each and every day. Also, let’s be mindful to ask the Lord to call more Christian teachers into the public school classroom. May our prayer together be, Lord, help us to get our hands dirty!
God bless you!