Dear Christian educators,
One week ago was Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. This season is an optional form of sacrifice for many, but we are trying to take a proactive approach to Lent diving into the Fruit of the Spirt. Today's verse comes from the mouth of Jesus Himself when He was challenged to tell the most important commandment. Loving the Lord with all our heart, and all our soul and all our mind and all our strength is ALL of us. I am so thankful for a relationship with the One Who loves me and helps me to love Him with ALL my being each new day. Why not tell Him you love when you arrive at school and when you leave school 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!
Mark 12:30 English Standard Version (ESV)
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
God has bless you with a high calling and though it is not always possible to say you love teaching with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength, He gives you the ability to experience glimpses of that kind of love. Who in the world works 50+ hours a week, taking more work home than what actually can be completed? That's some kind of love. Who in the world gives a student lunch money or their own lunch when a little one is hungry? That's some kind of love. Who in the world shows mercy to the unmerciful and grace to the unlikeable? That's some kind of love. You have a high calling, dear Christian educator, fueled by the God Who gives you purpose. Let's love Him with ALL we have in school and out of school.
Do we really understand what it means to love You with all our heart? Sometimes Lord, our hearts are so full because of Your majesty displayed in the beauty of the earth. Other times You convict us to help those in need, particularly our students. Any act of kindness is simply our hot-hearted love for You being displayed for others to see You. May You receive all the glory. Lord, teach us to love LARGE with all we have. Help us also Lord to love our students and colleagues with ALL we've got. It's impossible for us on our own, but with You everything is possible. We come before in the confidence of our merciful Lord Jesus. Amen.
The CIPE Team
2 Timothy 3:16 -17- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.