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!
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