Blessing or Burden

teachersDon’t be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards. And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. James 3:1-2

I love being a teacher. And, I especially am grateful that I get to be a teacher in a Christian school. The reasons why showed themselves to me this week in ways for which I am thankful and humbled.

In the midst of a discipline meeting this week I was able to watch as a dear friend and fellow teacher shared the gospel with a student. As I prayed for her while she talked with this student, my heart soared. What an honor to be able to share the love of God without worry about being politically correct or being let go for our convictions. head5

My teacher friend was right as she shared with this student that the root of her problems lay in the state of her heart. “A heart matter.” she called it. That’s what it is for each of us – a heart matter. The Bible tells us: “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21.

I also count it such a joy that we get to have chapel with our student body each week. To be able to carve out a little time where we come together corporately to hear the word of God and sing praises to Him. It is always a highlight of my week. But, this week I looked around at chapel and had to ask myself if chapel has become too routine for us. Is it something that teachers and administrators look at as an opportunity to be a blessing or is it just a burden that interferes with our day.

As I looked around the gym at the students gathered there, I realized that several teachers were missing as were some administrators. And I couldn’t help but think…if we don’t take this opportunity seriously and carve out time to spend with God, our fellow teachers and our students, then how can we expect our students to see the importance of this time.

Students take their cue from us. What we make time for, they will make time for.

James tells us in the verse found in this post that we teachers will be held to a higher standard. My question for us is are we ready for that?

I pray we are. And, as we close out this year, I pray that next year we will collectively make worship the priority it should be.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13