25 days! Yes! There are only 25 days left after this week until the end of the school year! 🙂
We are in the throws of testing this week here where I teach. Testing is no fun, but alas, we live in evil days! I’m convinced of it! 😉 Seriously though, the scenery of both anxious teachers and students pondering and conversing about the end results isn’t a most pleasant event to witness, but as one of my colleagues mentioned yesterday, opting out shouldn’t be an option. Opting out of the test is an option here in Georgia, but, as she suggested, what would we be teaching our kids? When times are tough, stressful, and maybe even unbearable, it’s time to close up shop and give up because we can’t handle it? That would be akin to enabling them to fail and we enable them enough!
Similarly, opting out on what God has called us to do should not be an option either, dear teachers! Unless we clearly hear from Him to lay down what He has called us to do and/or change directions, then we are to stick with it no matter the difficulties we face. Consider these verses…
Luke 9:62 – But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 6:9 – Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 – But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.
Philippians 3:12-14 – Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:14 – You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them…
1 Corinthians 9:24 – Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
Isaiah 40:31 – Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Remember all of these verses were written from those coming before us who persevered through dire trials and tribulations. I’m convinced they would repeat them to us if they were here today. Jesus himself prayed for future believers way back in the Garden of Gethsemane and still intercedes for us today. If that’s the case, then no matter what we go through, as long as we are abiding in Him and His word, we will overcome the difficulties life hands us so that we will accomplish His purpose for our lives. (John 15 and 17)
Therefore dear teachers, we can make it through testing, we can make it through the last month of school, and we can make it through anything the Lord has called us to do. OPT IN! NEVER. OPT. OUT!
God bless you and stay devoted!
Well, I have a confession to make… I didn’t either, and I never have! I have to admit, I would love to win Teacher of the Year, and I’m thinking if you did some polling, most teachers would say the same thing! I’m also thinking in that same poll, you would find a lot of disappointed teachers who wanted to be Teacher of the Year, but never won the coveted title.
Listen! If you think you need to win Teacher of the Year to have credibility with your peers and administration, to some degree you could be correct. But if you’re a Christian teacher in the classroom fulfilling the call of God on your life by ministering to and serving students, then your credibility comes from none other than God Himself (and more than likely from your students, because they are going to see Jesus in you, the Hope of Glory, and are going to love you and love your class!).
I’ll even take that one step further – forget just being credible – God will take a work done for Him from just being credible and, instead, make it incredible! God’s word proves this over, and over, and over again! In the next few days on the video portion of the blog, we are going to take a look at some good ole’ ordinary folks whom God called to do a work for Him…folks about whom the world would say had absolutely no credibility – ordinary people, just like you and just like me.
I love it! God is so good! You don’t have to win awards to do mighty things for Him! With God, ordinary becomes extraordinary, and credible becomes incredible. That’s the God we serve. Serving Him in the classroom is an honor in and of itself, my fellow teachers – no other awards needed!
We will begin with the 12 disciples and take it from there on this subject matter next time on the video portion of the blog. You are invited to come back soon for another visit to devotionsforteachers.org. Until then, God bless you in your classroom and stay devoted to Him!