Do you feel like this dear Christian teachers?
Perhaps you’re like me. Lately, I have been in the routine mode. It’s as if I’m pressing the play button over and over and over and over replaying the same scene over and over and over and over…and the routine makes me want to bang my head against the wall!
Don’t get me wrong. In some ways routines are good, especially for children and students, offering the stability and security they desperately need. We likewise are the benefactors of those same benefits. However, once we plunge into the abyss of robot mode, then something needs to change, and fast!
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending First Baptist Church Bremen with the Y-Club. Something the pastor said really stuck with me. He preached a sermon about Pilate and his dilemma with Jesus. His dilemma was 3 dimensional in that it had political, physical, and spiritual ramifications. Take a moment and absorb that statement…
If we thoughtfully think that statement through, it could apply to most any dilemma we are facing, maybe not 3 dimensionally like Pilate, but perhaps 2 dimensionally (leaving the politics out in some cases). Perhaps you see where I’m going with this.
I believe there are some root causes of pressing the play button and letting our routines take over instead of the Holy Spirit. Lack of motivation to pray and read our Bibles, being listless worshipers in Church, as well as not listening to God during the week are just for starters. The one that’s been the stickler for me is my preoccupation with other things. From the TV, to my phone, to my laptop, to entertainment, to doubt, to worry, to disappointment… and the list goes on. And that’s just the spiritual dimension!
The spiritual then leads to the physical which is the routine of life – life in the replay mode, which is essentially an unproductive existence both in the classroom and everywhere else. For me, it’s lead to murmuring, complaining, and impatience with my students. The days are truly evil, and if you and I are wise, we will repent, put our eyes on Jesus, and get on with His agenda. Our routine just simply WILL NOT get the job done. Time is too short to stay stuck in this mode for long!
I pray for God Almighty to deliver us from the routines that are keeping us from His best for our lives as well as our students’ lives. Revival, not routines, WILL get the job done in the classroom. The Holy Spirit must do the work through us as teachers to reach a generation so desperately needing Him. Lord forgive us, fill us, let our hearts be as one with Yours!
Happy Thanksgiving dear Christian teachers! Let’s redeem the time off by devoting our time to Him during this brief break leaving our routines behind. He will restore and revive our souls which will surely result in better teaching! God bless you!