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What are you doing in your classroom to mirror Jesus?

From Google:

mir·ror

ˈmirər/
noun
noun: mirror; plural noun: mirrors
  1. 1.
    a reflective surface, now typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, that reflects a clear image.
    synonyms: reflecting surface; More

 

something regarded as accurately representing something else.
“the stage is supposed to be the mirror of life”
synonyms: reflection, twin, replica, copy, match, parallel

“his life was a mirror of her own”

To answer this question, perhaps we need to examine the verbs that are apart of our everyday behavior as we go about our school day teaching and interacting with our students.  Therefore, I want us to carefully consider the following statement:

Verbs describing what Jesus did should be verbs describing what we are doing everyday as teachers in the classroom.

After all, Jesus was the greatest of all teachers. Amen?!

As I list these verbs, ask yourself if this is an accurate reflection of you.  If you affirm that indeed, YES!, I am actively and effectively mirroring Jesus as stated, then wonderful! Good for you!  On the other hand, if your answer is woe is me, NO, I’m not doing so hot on this one, then get down to business, ok?!

Here we go…

Jesus LOVES the world.  John 3:16

Jesus GAVE His life.  John 3:16

Jesus SHARES the gospel.  John 14:6

Jesus FORGIVES (and forgives and forgives and forgives…)  Matthew 6:14-15

Jesus SHOWS COMPASSION on the multitudes.  Matthew 6:34

Jesus TEACHES with authority and in parables.  Matthew 7:29

Jesus WEEPS.  John 11:35

Jesus SPENDS TIME with God alone.  Mark 1:35-37

Jesus BELIEVES.  Matthew 6:30

Jesus SEARCHES for the lost.  Matthew 18:12

Jesus FEEDS the hungry.  Matthew 13:14-21

Jesus SPEAKS to those others won’t speak to and… John 4

Jesus SPEAKS truth!  John 8:32

Jesus DEFENDS the defenseless.  Matthew 18:14

Jesus HEALS the brokenhearted and the physically sick.  John 14:27, All 4 Gospels

Jesus PRAYS for others.  John 17:20-23

Jesus HATES sin.  Matthew 27:46-47

Jesus REBUKES the devil.  Luke 9:42

Jesus FORBIDS NOT that children should come to Him.  Matthew 19:14

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These verses are not all inclusive as they are just a small sample of the actions of Jesus. He was always going about doing good, and still is.  His life is an example of continual action.  Is yours?  Is mine?  Let’s mirror Jesus teachers!  Whip out those verbs and get to work!

Until next week, God bless you and stay devoted.

#BeAnActionVerb  #ActionNeeded

 

 

 

Joy = Energy

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If you are like me, then you are probably feeling the burn right about now… the burn of getting back into the routine of the school day that is.   It’s tiring isn’t it?!  Geesh, I’m exhausted!

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The question is this:  where can we go to receive a profusion of energy?  Why, to the Lord of course! He will deliver it to us in abundance, and abundance is what I’m standing in need of about now.  How ’bout you?

God states in His word that the joy of the Lord is our strength. When we are strong, we have more energy.  When we have more energy, we are more productive.  When we are more productive, we are ministering more effectively to our students. When we are ministering more effectively to our students, we therefore are getting the job done for the Lord!  As you can see, JOY IS ESSENTIAL IN OUR LINE OF WORK, my fellow teachers.  So, it’s important to know what joy is…

Joy

Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It is something or someone that provides a source of happiness. It appears 88 times in the Old Testament in 22 books; 57 times in the New Testament in 18 books.^[1]^

Webster’s dictionary definition: 1) to experience great pleasure or delight : REJOICE, 2) the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: DELIGHT. Hebrew dictionary definition: 8057. simchah, sim-khaw’; from H8056 blithesomeness or glee, (religious or festival):– X exceeding (-ly), gladness, joy (-fulness), mirth, pleasure, rejoice (-ing).

Greek dictionary definition: 5479. chara, khar-ah’; from G5463; cheerfulness, i.e., calm delight:–gladness, X greatly, (X be exceeding) joy (-ful, -fully, -fulness, -ous).

Now, I’m certain we can agree joy is extremely important in the classroom given it’s definition. To add to that, joy is contagious for sure.  What could be better than knowing we are spreading joy to our students when they come into our classrooms?

BUT, in order to become contagions of joy, exactly what is the expectation to obtain joy when we ask the Lord for it?  Well, Jesus answers this question for us in the Gospel of John…

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Since joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, we need to repent of sin, keep His commandments, and abide in His love.

It’s like this:  If you are married, remember the early days (and hopefully present days too!) when you just couldn’t get enough of each other?  You lived on love…you were abiding in love.  It’s the same concept, in that we always should be at the point where we can never get enough of Jesus.  It’s at that point where our joy is full.  We are loving Him, we are abiding in Him, we are obeying Him, and therefore we are full of joy! Amen!

I can tell a big difference in my life, and certainly in my teaching, when I’m not operating at full capacity because of a lack of joy.  Can you?  It stinks doesn’t it?  I have less energy, and because I have less energy I am simply NOT an effective witness for the Lord. A day without joy is akin to a day wasted in the classroom, and time is too precious to waste my friends. Every minute counts!

My challenge for all of us each and everyday is to repent of sin, abide in His love, keep his commandments, and receive the joy we need to fulfill the call He has placed on our lives as teachers.  Will you accept the challenge, my fellow Christian teachers?

God bless you this week as you minister with joy to your students, and stay devoted! When we are devoted, we are more excellent teachers for the Lord.  After all, devotion and abiding are similar aren’t they? 🙂

#JoyIsEnergy  #Obey  #Abide  #Love  #Nehemiah8:10  #John15:9-11

 

Where You Are

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Welcome back to another grand and glorious school year serving God and serving students dear Christian teachers!

As we embark on this adventure together, I want to remind and encourage you to remember where you are

According to the scripture above, we are where we are because God has put us specifically there!  Think about that for just a minute or two and fill in the blanks…

  • God has me, ________ _________, teaching at ________ _______ School for the 2016-17 school year.

  • God has me teaching _____ grade and the following subjects: _______, _______.

  • This means that I will be teaching (# of) students each day.

  • Therefore, I have the opportunity to not only minister to _____ students, but perhaps to ( # of ) parents as well this year.

  • I also work with (approximately how many) teachers whom I can minister to as a bonus. 🙂

Now, reread the scripture verses above!  We must not blindly begin teaching this year forgetting that God has placed us where we are to reach students and families on His behalf.  That’s our goal for our corner of the world.  It’s an all hands on deck mission for our neck of the woods.

This is our time. This is our place. This is our mission.

Seek God where you are.  Serve God where you are.

That is God’s will for you and for me.

God bless you this year my fellow teachers!  I look forward to serving you here each week at Devotions for Teachers.  May we love and encourage one another together and be used by God to reach a generation for Christ is my prayer.

Until next week, stay devoted!

#WhereYouAreIsImportant  #SeekGod  #ServeGod  #Acts17:26-27