What Do You Love?
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.Psalm 73: 25–26
You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things. The First Commandment
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What do you love about teaching?
Really, what do you love? What gets you excited about getting ready for the new school year? Maybe it’s reconnecting with fellow teachers, students, or parents. Maybe it’s the subject matter. Maybe it’s the smiles or the aha moments.
For everything we love, though, there’s something that discourages us. Teaching is challenging. There are a lot of factors that easily rob us of our joy and passion. How do we focus on what we love instead of what brings us down?
It’s good to start at the beginning. We all became teachers for one reason or another. We made sacrifices. We either chose or were called to a position in a Lutheran school. I’m going to guess that one major reason you went into Lutheran education in the first place was out of a desire to share the love of Christ with young people. In a Lutheran school, we have the freedom to pray with our kids, support them, worship with them, teach them about the love of Christ, and so much more.
I encourage you to remember this at the beginning of the school year. Remember the love of God that brought you here in the first place. In the last devotion, we looked at how we should fear God above all else. Though we acknowledge that God has our lives in His hand, we also rejoice that the God whom we should fear is also the God who loves us with an unconditional, unfailing love that will never die—a love that chose to forgive us and make us His own when we deserved nothing. We love because He first loved us.
My challenge for you is to start this year by continually returning to this love of Christ. Write down your reason for becoming a Lutheran teacher, and post it in your room for your students to see. Remember that our flesh and our hearts may fail, but God is the strength of our hearts. Satan’s lies tempt, the flesh turns away, and the world drives to fear. But Jesus’ love sustains us and makes us His. Take this love and bring it into your other loves this year. Let the love of Christ spill over into your love for your students, their parents, and your co-workers. Love your calling. Love your mission. Love the God who loves you.
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