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