Fan the Flame! Part 2

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Have you ever pondered the thought that our five senses have spiritual counterparts? In order to keep the flame of our gifts burning brightly, discernment of these will not only be helpful but essential for our gifts to flourish in the classroom.

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It’s not enough for our eye sight to be 20/20 in our classrooms.  Instead, 20/20+ is a must! Here, the + is opening our eyes to the spiritual realm, that is, asking God to help us see things from His perspective – which is an eternal perspective.  Don’t be blind, fellow teachers.  Ask God to stamp eternity on your eyes.  

In 2 Kings 6:17-20 Elisha prayed,  “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” Not once, but twice…

Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria. As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.

Notice that the Lord answered his prayer and indeed they saw what they hadn’t before. My question to you is this:  Are you looking at things from a spiritual perspective?  If not, my admonition to you is to open wide your spiritual eyes and see what others may not see!

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In John 10:27 Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” The word hear can be translated listen.  Are you listening to what God is saying?  Sometimes I hear my students speaking, but I’m not listening! Just being honest. 😦

When I listen, however, I’m making sure I understand what they are saying to me, and I don’t let distractions get in the way!  It’s the same way with God, don’t you think?  I believe He’s speaking to us all the time, and we hear Him, but are we listening for comprehension? When we do, we will follow what He says, and what He says may end up changing a student’s life. You. Never. Know!

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I love, love, love Psalm 34:8!  Taste and see that the Lord is good, and blessed are all who trust upon Him.  What tastes good to you?  I delight in the first bite of a good blueberry cobbler. I delight being filled with a scrumptious blueberry cobbler!  My mouth waters just thinking a blueberry cobbler!  YUM!

Similarly, when we taste the spirit, we are filled.  My oh my, there simply is nothing to compare it to, right?! (Not even, you guessed it, a delicious blueberry cobbler!)  When we are infused with His spirit, we are in His presence, partaking of His goodness, His holiness, and His love… and, therefore, we are operating at maximum capacity.

Let’s ask the Lord to fill us to overflowing with His Spirit each day before our students walk in our classroom.  It is the key to a meaningful day, but most importantly, it is the key to being an effective witness for Christ.

Next week, we will take a look at our senses of smell and touch.  Until then, fan the flame and stay devoted my fellow Christian teachers.  It makes all the difference!  God bless you always.

#FanTheFlame    #ChristianTeachers

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your days off!  Devotions for Teachers will resume next week! God bless you!

Fan the Flame!

 

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It takes a lot of energy to keep a fire flaming, doesn’t it?…that is, the energy needed for the fire itself (oxygen, coal, wood, etc.) and the person who’s tending to it.

I liken keeping the flame blazing for the Christian teacher to a fire dance…

 

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…only our fervency (dancing) should be focused on the LORD.  He is the pillar of fire in the center energizing us. Amen?!

Sometimes we forget the work we must do to fan into flame the gift of God in our lives as teachers. For me personally, I fan my flame by listening to the Word every morning via my YouVersion Bible app while getting ready for work.  Prior to that, though, I make sure to pray before I sluggishly attempt to rise and shine each morning.

Also, I love to exercise on the elliptical in the extra bedroom while watching Beth Moore or TD Jakes on the big screen tv.  I have to say, TD Jakes energizes me to go just a little bit faster and exercise a little bit longer than I plan on most occasions. 🙂  I’m telling you, he can make a dead person come back to life, which is usually me in the morning!

The bottom line is this:  Your fire dance may be different than mine, but the point is TO DANCE everyday!!

Next week, I’m going to pull in how our five senses help in our endeavor to fan into flame the gift of God in us.  See you then, my fellow Christian teachers!  God bless you, and stay devoted!

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The Teacher’s Tongue

Students have a story to tell… about teachers.

Teachers have a story to tell… about students.

Which one matters most?

Since I have begun teaching GED classes at the local college, I’ve been actively building new relationships with my adult students.  It’s been quite an eye opening experience.  Such sad stories.  Maddening stories actually.  Stories about teachers who fumbled the ball in the red zone, and their students simply couldn’t recover.

Now, I’m no push over.  I know there are a plethora of reasons why students choose to drop out.  But, having said that, I never want to be the player on my student’s team who causes them to lose the game because I got in the stinking way!   I know none of us do.  After all, when we play well together, we both win. Amen?  Can you tell I’m watching football right now? 🙂

As I listen to students’ stories, the greatest common factor (shout out to math teachers) as to why they dropped out is the teacher’s tongue.  Their win or loss is in the power of our tongue. Gasp! That’s huge and kinda scary too.  Rash words can be like daggers, even sometimes when we don’t think they are…

                                               Perhaps the best advice then is to…I understand it sometimes can be like walking a tight rope.  After all, we have to correct poor student behavior.  There are more than just a few middle school rascals who have tested my patience over the years.  Can anybody identify with me?  When a student gets on our last nerve, steadfast prayer for the patience of Job and wisdom of Solomon can keep us from sustaining a sack like the proverbial quarterback.    

Remember Proverbs 12:16 when a student tenuously tests your wherewithal:

The bottom line is this:  a student’s story matters most!  Not ours.  The story they tell about us in adulthood will tell the tale of how they won or lost in our classroom, and therefore, maybe ultimately in life. That, dear teachers, could depend on how well we controlled our tongue.  So let’s be wise to tame our tongues, and push them on to victory!  AMEN!  

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God bless you in your classrooms this week.  Be mindful!  You will be remembered on down the line.  Stay devoted(!), and students will look back and be thankful you taught them. 🙂  See you back here next week on the blog.