I admit it. Sometimes, I imagine what it would be like to climb the ladder of success… in another profession. Is it just me?… Or do you also feel as if once you are a classroom teacher that’s all there is for you?…No higher rank unless you go into administration (and I know that’s not for me). Furthermore, I like the challenge of meeting goals (the sky is the limit) and changing things up every now and then.
So I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching asking myself this question: Am I content where I am?
God has softly and graciously been speaking to my heart lately as I have been questioning my future in education because of discontentment. I think there are a number of factors (better to call them what they really are – distractions) in play here:
The daily grind
Taking my eye off the big picture
The enemy’s lies
The trials of life
Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat, dear Christian teacher. One thing I know for certain, it will drive you to God or away from Him. I pray that if you are where I am, you are boldly approaching the throne of grace presenting your petitions to God, knowing that as you do, He is listening. Can you imagine one of your children, overburdened, coming to talk to you, seeking your help, and you, loving them more than anyone, turning a blind eye to them?
After pleading and pleading with God, He, after what seemed to be an eternity I might add, began showing me what to do. Recently, for example, as I was listening to 1st Corinthians chapter 15, verse 10 stuck out to me. Beginning with verse 9, it sounds as though Paul might have been feeling the same way to some extent…
For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
His next statement is what really drew my attention though…
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.
I definitely believe Paul was a ground soldier for Christ, AND, I definitely believe Christian teachers are as well. If Paul wasn’t exempt from feeling this way, why would we be? If Paul came to grips with His calling – his status in life – stating I am what I am, then so can we! God’s grace is for us all, not just Paul!
Now that’s good news!
Therefore, let us be like Paul in the 2nd half of that very same verse… On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. God’s grace will get us through. Let us rest in that truth together. Let us pray for one another. Let us be content. Let us remember God’s grace is sufficient knowing He will show us what to do, and in the mean time, let us work even harder.
God bless you!
Godliness with contentment is great gain.1st Timothy 6:6
Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Have you ever thought about the strategic timing of God? As Christian teachers, whether in public or private schools, God has given us students to minister to for a brief period of time. We need to march into our school buildings each and every day remembering since our time is short to make the most of it!
I believe we are akin to undercover angels ministering love and life to our students, who may not remember what we taught them, but will remember the love we lavished on them. Think about it…
Doesn’t that sound like an angel to you? #Teachers #UndercoverAngels #MinisteringToStudents
Since teachers are people(!), this verse could easily be restated as follows:
Where there is no vision, the teachers perish.
Is that where you find yourself, dear Christian teacher? Have you lost your vision? Are you stumbling around in a thick fog, discovering you’ve lost your way? Then I’m asking you to believe God again.
How would I know the root of the problem is unbelief when you’ve lost your vision? Well, my friend, because of what the second half of the verse says!… Because he that keepeth the law, happy is he. A study of the words keepeth and law reveals the rendering of this part of the verse could actually be translated because he that guards the teaching, happy is he. Now. That’s. A. Big. Deal!
What’s the big deal? The big deal is that what Jesus spent a good bit of time teaching us is to BELIEVE! So if you’ve lost your vision, it could be you forgot to guard the teaching, you forgot to keep believing, and therefore you need to ask God to help you see again! Ask Him to help you believe again. Ask Him to stamp the vision on your mind and on your heart. Write it down so you can see it everyday. Put it in front of you as a reminder like in the picture below. (It will be a good conversation starter too!) 😉
A teacher without vision is not going to accomplish much for the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, I pray and declare that you and I will…
Believe He wants us to do a great work for Him in our classroom (Phil 1:6)
Believe He wants to direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5)
Believe He cares for us and loves us always (Romans 8:38-39)
Believe He will give us strength to hang in there and not quit (Galatians 6:9)
Believe our work for Him is not in vain (1st Cor. 15:58)
Believe He hears our prayers (1st John 5:14)
Please don’t lose your vision teachers! Eternity is weighing in the balance. Take your place, and be counted… counted for the kingdom! Put on your spirit eyes and renew your vision. Do it, NOW! Remember, happiness comes in believing. God bless you!
My fellow Christian teachers, would you please join me in giving birth to a new movement called A Candle in the Window?
I’m an 80’s girl. I graduated high school in 1983 (go ERHS Pioneers!) and college in 1987 (go UTC Mocs!). I also fell in love in the 80’s and married my foxy (If you don’t know what that word means, just substitute the word “hot” instead!) husband, Keith, in ’87 as well. 🙂 So needless to say, I LOVE 80’s music. Besides Christian music, 80’s music is the only music I will crank up in my Suburban as I mosey on down the road.
So, that got me to thinking. (Sorry for my not so creative grammar to all you LA teachers out there.) As I tossed and turned in bed last night, the 80’s band REO Speedwagon was singing the song “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” in my oh, so tired brain. Yes, they were singing to me, lol! Then, all of a sudden, the phrase candle in the window jumped off the pages of my mind and lit up like the fourth of July! Sounds a little strange, I know, but I’m thinking you also encounter those restless nights when thoughts are racing around in your head a hundred+ miles per hour.
What in the world does a candle in the window mean, and what does it have to do with encouraging Christian teachers in the classroom, you may ask? It has a lot to do with it, and it’s the topic of the video blog today. Tune in to find out!
Additionally, I am asking you to put a candle in your window at school. I have 3 windows in my classroom – one by the door as you enter and two that are on the outside wall of our school. I have placed mine on the windowsill by the door (see above), and even though the Fire Marshall forbids lighting candles at school, it still represents a praying teacher! There is a three-fold purpose in doing so…
As a reminder to pray for my students
As a reminder to pray for my administrators
As a reminder to pray for my fellow teachers in my school and around the world
and there is a three-fold outcome…
By doing this together, we will make a huge impact on our school and all over the world!
By identifying ourselves in this manner, we will know and encourage one another in a clear and concise way.
And finally, by placing our candle in the window, we are telling the world we are there to make a difference for Christ!
Will you join me in spreading the word? Let’s do this together, dear Christian teachers! Pray, put a candle in your window,and let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16