If a stranger came into our classroom, would they leave knowing we are a Christian teacher? Better yet, do our students come and go each day knowing, without a doubt, we are a Christian? Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
I guess the real question is this: Are we pointing our students to Christ? If we indeed are, then I believe these are the characteristics they witness in us…
Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow teachers out there! May we all givethanks as well as livea life of thankfulness with joy all year round, remembering the multiplication effect of our witness to our students can change the world.
Be thankful. Live thankful. Be joyful. Watch it multiply!
Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart.If your attitude stinks, it means your heart’s not right. ~Facing The Giants~
My students are watching this wonderful, inspirational film today, and those words come from a scene in the movie called The Death Crawl. In the scene, a football player is challenged by his coach to carry another football player on his back while crawling across the field. Blindfolded.
Let’s face it. Teaching can be just as tough, right? We all have hard days that test our attitude. Likewise, we are blindfolded to the big picture of WHY most of the time.
Why is my student acting that way?
Why did my administrator say no to my request?
Why do we have to do yet another task for which we don’t have time?
And the list goes on… and on… and on!
Of course, you and I don’t have all the answers. I do try to understand to the best of my ability, and I’m sure you do as well. However, when we don’t understand, sometimes it negatively impacts our attitude. Can I get amen?! Have you ever tried to teach with a bad attitude? It happens to all of us every now and then, but it’s a totally fruitless endeavor. Don’t. Do. It!
Therefore, while we are blind, trying to find our way through the darkness, we have to trust God. It’s easier said than done, but we know it’s true nonetheless. Trusting God improves our attitude.
Also, we can ask God to help us adjust our attitude. When we ask, here’s what He will do…
I know this verse primarily is in the context of receiving Christ as our Savior, but I also believe it can apply to our attitude in that when we ask for a better one, He will graciously turn our attitude of stone into an attitude of flesh.
Just like in the death crawl scene, I believe God sometimes screams in our ears to demand our attention, because His work can’t be accomplished with a stinky attitude. A good attitude gets the job done.
Are we getting the job done, dear Christian teachers? Does our attitude need adjusting? How well do we smell? May it be a sweet aroma to our students, fellow teachers, and our administrators!
God bless you in your classrooms this week, dear teachers. Stay devoted!
How would you describe your teaching career thus far? Here’s mine in a nutshell…
Good with a few rough spots
Good with a few rough spots
So far so good…
As you can see, the scales are favoring the good years over the bad years at this point. Praise the Lord! Years 5, 6, 7, and 8 nearly finished me off as a teacher though.
Especially year 8. At the end of that year, I had purposed in my heart to the Lord I was done. I was out of there. Clearly, teaching was not what He wanted me to do. I had heard wrong. Four back to back years of awfulness was all I could take, and after all, perhaps it was a sign from Him that it wasn’t His will for me to teach… or so I thought.
Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place! I can’t even come up with enough adjectives to describe the abyss I was in. I wanted so desperately to teach and be a good teacher. Having cried out to the Lord COUNTLESS times during those 4 years, NOTHING was happening…it was over…BUT THEN…!!!
Due to some faculty changes, I was the beneficiary of my current position. It was a complete 180 degree turn at jet engine speed no less!
You see, even though I had prayed and prayed and things had only gotten worse, God knew when I was at the end of my pitiful rope, things had to change RIGHT THEN. He knew I couldn’t take anymore. He knew my heart. He knows your heart too. If you are in between a rock and a hard place, believe me when I say, the ROCK is between the hard place and you!
Take a look at this picture! Of all things, there is a sheep standing on a rock between a hard place. Ha! Remember, over and over again in God’s word, we are referred to as sheep, and the Lord is our Shepherd, our Rock, and Fortress. The sheep is safe as long as it stays where it is. On The Rock.
Stand on the Rock, dear teachers!
If you’re experiencing some turbulent times as a teacher, trust God. Cry out to Him. He is listening. Your prayers are not falling on deaf ears. He is between you and that difficult circumstance. He will come through. Every. Time.
One final thought. In the big scheme of things, I firmly believe the enemy wants to take Christian teachers out of the classrooms of all our nations’ schools. Amen? What a victory for him that would be. He about took me out! Please don’t let him do that to you.
Therefore, remember we are in our classrooms everyday Representing Our Coming King! He is sufficient to help us press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 He will see our calling through to completion if we stand on Him and His word. Philippians 1:6 And we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us! Philippians 4:13
I admonish you today and everyday to stand on the ROCK, my fellow Christian teachers, and ROCK on!