We spend so much time reaching out to students, parents, and to adults in general, that sometimes our teachers get lost in the shuffle. So, what about teachers? What a challenging and often thankless job! Constantly bombarded with new rules, regulations, and methods to incorporate into the already challenging task of educating and molding the next generation, it’s no wonder many teachers feel unappreciated, frustrated, and sometimes reach the point of burnout.
Do you ever wonder how you can possibly continue, especially when you’re pouring into student after student and it seems as though nothing is getting through? Don’t give up just yet. Take a look at God’s promise in Philippians: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished…” Too often we want the complete map, before we even start the journey. When, in fact, God is asking us to surrender each daily step and trust Him to lead us to the end destination in His time. It’s frustrating, I know, but freeing when we start to trust God in that way.
Let me tell you something: God has a purpose for you as a teacher! Your place of employment and/or job assignment may change through the years, but you will always have purpose (even when you don’t always see the impact). Only in eternity will you know the true extent of your impact on a student’s life. So, hold onto God’s promise that what He begins, He will complete — both in your own life and in the lives of the students you teach.
Thank you for teaching and loving our kids. God bless teachers!