Dear Christian educators,
Work is worship! When we work hard, we mirror our Lord's hard work. His work is always done in faithfulness. Every time we come to school when we don't feel like it, we are faithful. Every time we get to a meeting on time, we are faithful. When we participate in learning communities and do what we are asked, we are working in faithfulness. When we are faithful, He is glorified.
Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!
Psalm 33:4 English Standard Version (ESV)
4 For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
How can we display faithfulness in the classroom? Do we dress professionally? When you select your clothes, why not pray about it? Ask God how you would represent Him best. To some it may seem silly to pray about what to wear, but that focus of dedicating your day to Him, makes decisions about appearance simpler. We all know that our students notice everything we wear and often have plenty to say about it. Being faithful to your appearance as an ambassador of Christ is noteworthy.
As you drive to school and process all the things that have to be gathered and organized, be faithful to guarding your tongue. Another great prayer is to ask God to help you prepare the words you will say and that you may be a blessing to your students. Being faithful to using words of encouragement, kindness and gentleness to our students does not always come easy, but that’s why we pray!
Be faithful to the integrity of the content you have been charged to teach. Being compliant to the standards and rules set out by your district and principal are a sign of your faithfulness and help your administrators to see you as someone they can always rely on.
As a Christian educator, your expectations are higher since you work first for the Lord and then for your district. Faithfulness to prayer, your appearance, the words you say, and obedience to authority are signposts of an educator who understands their high calling. Being faithful is not always easy, but it is always rewarding.
3 John 1:3 - It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
Your Word is upright. It is the Lamp unto my feet and the Light unto my path. There's something in the Word for every one of our human conditions. Guide us Lord to the Word for solutions to our problems. Help us to drink in Your promises and to really believe them. Lord, Your work is done in faithfulness. Its manifold witness is shown throughout the heavens and in the beauty of the earth. Lord help us to display work as worship that we may be a great example of hard work to our students and colleagues. May You receive all the glory in our work for You. We ask in the upright name of Jesus. Amen.
Karen and the CIPE Team