Last week, step #1 on our quest in making 2018 the best year ever was presented. It’s not a magic formula per say, but I like to think of it as God’s formula for success. As a review, step #1 is to love God.
Question: Who can go wrong loving Him? Answer: Nobody!
I now present to you step #2: Love Others.
I have to say, I love it when Jesus Himself speaks on a subject, and that’s exactly what He does in Matthew 22: 37-39. So the logical question now arises: Who is our neighbor? Jesus, again, answers this very same question Himself in Luke 10: 29-37…
Luke 10:29-37 English Standard Version (ESV)
29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.35 And the next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Basically, our neighbor is anyone who needs our help to whom we can show mercy. Wow! We, as teachers, have plenty of neighbors in our classrooms everyday, don’t we?! 🙂 Goodness, we have more opportunities each and every day to love others than most folks in other professions. Don’t ever lose sight of that fact, dear Christian teachers. Teaching is a special assignment from God. Amen!
I came across this poster recently that I would like to pass on to you. It gives practical ways to love others. Let’s put these into practice in both our professional and personal lives and make 2018 the best year ever.
Let’s love as Jesus loves – on purpose each and every day, dear teachers. Our students will love us for it in return!
Next week, we will take a look at step #3. Until then, love God, love others, and stay devoted.
God bless you.
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