Here we are! Today we are closing out our series, Wonder Teachers, with the letter R. Goodness, it has gone by fast. Amen?!
From W to R and all the characters in between, I’ve enjoyed sharing about the WONDERful men and women in God’s word from whom we can glean knowledge on how to walk out life daily in the classroom. Indeed, I’ll bet they never thought teachers might gain wisdom from their walk with the Lord many hundreds of years later!
I actually wrote this post a while back, tweaking it just a wee bit for this series. The title is from a southern gospel song with the same name. It’s probably my favorite of all the posts I’ve written. It’s also the post receiving the most visits. Why? Well, that’s an easy question to answer!… It’s about THE ROCK. Read on, dear teachers, and God bless you. Thank you for visiting today.
The ROCK Is Between The Hard Place And You
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 here. 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 I was at the end of my pitiful rope and things needed 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!
Goodness! I must confess the letter E in our series, Wonder Teachers, has me stumped like an elephant in a kiddie pool. This letter corresponds with too many wonderful, godly people in the Bible, and I simply can’t decide whom to pick.
These are just a few I’ve considered…
Eve? The mother of all living, created from Adam’s rib, perfectly formed by God
Elijah? 450 prophets of Baal slain, fire rained down on the alter, stopped the rain for 3 years
Elisha? Received a double portion of Elijah’s anointing!
Elizabeth? Mother of John the Baptist who was “righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6–7)
Esther? Risked her life to save the Israelites
So what to do? Since I couldn’t figure out about which one to write, I thought we could discuss concepts in the Bible about energy (joy) or encouragement or both (as evidenced by the wings of eagles verse above – I even thought I might talk abouteagles!).
Oh dear! 😮
Therefore, I am throwing this back your way. I want to encourage you to look at least one of these up and study them for yourself. Look for ways these characters or concepts could help you in your daily Christian walk and definitely in your classroom. Based on my personal study, these characters are my kind of people – people who inspire me to press on to do my best for God. They have that WOW factor.
Were they perfect? No! But just like David from last week, God worked everything out for their good and His glory. Amen? I have this quote frame on the windowsill of my classroom door – it is what students see first thing as they enter in…
That’s what these Bible characters did, and it’s what we need to be in the business of doing as well! Isn’t it awesome to know about the great achievements of our forefathers and fore-mothers in the faith? They set the standard of what can be done for the Lord when we put Him first. Which one do you want to be like, dear teacher? That’s the question you need to find an answer to and live accordingly.
Next week, we will be bringing the series to a close. I promise you this: I saved the best for last! 🙂 Can’t wait till then! God bless you in your classrooms this week and continue to be a WONDER teacher!
Ever known someone who could slay bears, lions, and giants? Ever known someone who was after God’s own heart? David did. David was…. And we can be too.
The letter D is front and center today as we continue our character study, WONDER Teachers. If you’ve missed out on any of the posts in this series, just scroll down after reading today and catch right on up with us!
I have to say, David is one of my favorite Bible people. I’m telling you, the man could write! The Psalms, of which he wrote quite a few, literally get me through the toughest of days. When I get to heaven, I just want to shake his hand, and tell him thank you from the bottom of my heart. But that’s not all I love about David.
Although he did crazy great things for God, he also screwed up royally. But. He. Repented… dusted himself off, and got on with God’s will.
God knew David would screw up, but He also knew that David loved Him with all his heart. Likewise, God knows we are human, and being human, we are prone to making mistakes, even messes every now and then! The most experienced of teachers can mess up too. But WONDER teachers, pick themselves up, dust themselves off, repent, and get on with God’s will just like David did.
Listen, we teachers can and do slay lions, bears, and giants EVERY day in our classrooms, in the spiritual realm, that is, but ONLY if we are teachers after God’s own heart. Amen? That’s how David was able to do it. His love for God pressed him to persevere, even when sin got the best of him.
When we mess up in the classroom or in our personal lives, let’s be like David, dear teachers. Loving God with all our hearts makes all the difference between just being a teacher or a WONDER teacher. Which do we want to be?
God bless you in your classroom this week. Next time, E is on deck! Until then, stay devoted.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Welcome back W O N D E R Teachers!
Let’s switch it up a little this week, shall we? Instead of a biblical character, let’s talk about a biblical city instead…
As I was mulling over the latest letter, N, in our series,WONDER Teachers, I was struck by a verse I came across as I was collecting myself for another day in my middle school classroom. The verse? It came from John’s gospel chapter 1:
45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote– Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
How many times have we heard, or even said ourselves, something similar about a student? How many times have we prejudged a student before they’ve even stepped a foot into our classroom? I will be the first to remorsefully confess I have. Sometimes we do so without thinking about it (which needs to stop, right?).
Yet, as I read the passage I immediately thought to myself, “Wow Nathan, what a stupid thing to say! I mean really? This is Jesus we are talking about here. Of course, something good can come from Nazareth. He is the epitome of good! He came to die for your sins and my sins. Get with it Nate!” I’m not a Bible scholar, but it sounds as if Nazareth was perhaps an area that today we might call the wrong side of the tracks.
Just like Nathanael did, we sometimes come to the wrong conclusion about where our students hail from or rumors we’ve heard as to how they’ve behaved prior to arriving at our door. Remember, just because a student didn’t gee-haw with one teacher doesn’t mean she won’t gee-haw with you or me, my fellow teachers. I’ve seen this play out time and time again! Furthermore, if our students are from areas we deem undesirable, those areas can bring forth students like Jesus or students that need Jesus. Either way, Jesus died for both!
I’m overwhelmed with what came out of Nazareth. My Savior, My Lord… Your Savior, Your Lord. His death, His resurrection, His mercy, His grace…. There is no place on earth that is perfect, but as for me, I think if my Savior came from a no good place like Nazareth, then my students who come from the same types of places may have a little something to teach me and not the other way around. The thing is, you never know!
Greater love hath no man… Let’s demonstrate that love to ALL our students.
Wonder students and W O N D E R teachers come from all different kinds of places! God bless you, dear Christian teachers, and stay devoted.