To say this has been a challenging school year thus far, would be a heinous understatement. Between the loss of a dear friend, new standards, a new grading system, a new evaluation system, and an added subject with standards that are different than when I taught the subject before, I find myself feeling a bit bogged down. I love my students, and enjoy my time with them each day, yet during the time prior to school’s start, and my afternoon spent planning after the day has ended, worry and stress seem to work their way in.
Though I commit each and every day to God, and ask Him to lead and guide me, the lingering stress has still stuck around. Perhaps it is my personal pressure to perform, or the pursuit to please those who keep me employed; but either way, the weight of the worry is not what God has called me to carry. After two separate conversations with two wise women yesterday, I was reminded of what matters most in what I am doing. I am called to teach and love kids, and to help them see their value. Whether I jump through the “appropriate” hoops on any given day does not matter nearly as much, as if each student leaves my classroom feeling better about themselves than they did when they walked in. My priority needs to be to seek Him and His righteousness, and trust Him to add what is needed unto me. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – (Matthew 6:33-34) I do not interpret this to mean that I am not meant to do my very best to plan and align my lessons to the standards, but I am not meant to stress out about it all. Slowing down, breathing, praying, seeking the wisdom of colleagues to collaborate – these are ways to fend off the worry and to trust in His provision of people, time, and space. He has not called me to anything that He is not also willing to equip me to carry out.
in all that we do;
trust He is faithful,
for He’ll see us through.
Allow no worry,
to take place of trust;
all shall be added,
in His righteousness.
He is our Father,
full of love and grace;
who longs to hold us,
in His safe embrace.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hear our every heart cry, and that no prayer is trivial to You. Thank You that when we seek You, and seek to serve You as You are calling, You answer and equip us to all that is asked. Forgive us for allowing the worries of this world to worm their way into our hearts and minds, and help us to give them back to You, trusting You to hold our hands and hearts as we travel life’s journey with You. Thank You too, for providing people to speak truth in love, and be Your heart and voice made tangible. Help us to seek You with all that we are, and may we in turn, love as You love. Let all whom we encounter, see You in us, and may many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified, our good and faithful Father. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
That is the name of the sermon that my Pastor gave this morning and it was a very needed word. All to often we worry about what Pastor say’s this and what movement teaches that. Instead of worrying about which one of them is following God and teaching what is the right way, it is important to make sure that it is not themselves that they are promoting. If they are giving the glory to God and what they teaches is not against what the Bible says, then does it make any real difference what they call themselves?
Pastor pointed out so many of the old jingles and commercials that get your attention and make you listen. You never see the name of the company or person who wrote it applied to the product, they are there to promote the product and not themselves. That is what we should be doing! Promoting God’s word and not haggling over who does the best job or who does it the correct way. After all it isn’t important who does what, it is important if people hear about the product and want to know more.
If we spend ourselves on God, He will get the glory and that is all that counts in the end. Everything else is just fluff that will get washed out in the rain of Jesus return. And if we spend too much time worrying about correctness, like the Pharisees, we will be trying to make things fit how we want instead of how He wants.
So much time is wasted worrying about tomorrow that we forget that today is passing by without us!
“Therefore, I tell you, don’t worry about your life — what you will eat or drink; or about your body — what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?
For nightmares come from worrying too much; and a fool, when he speaks, chatters too much.
Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to his life?
Don’t worry about tomorrow — tomorrow will worry about itself! Today has enough tsuris already!
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you no of more value than they?
“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do your worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
“and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
“Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.