Do you sometimes feel like your job as a teacher takes you to the end of your tether? Perhaps it's worth taking a step back and getting some inspiration from the great teacher!
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Do you, at times, feel like your job as a teacher takes you to the end of your tether? It can sometimes feel like we're just responding to situations, stumbling across the finish line into holidays to replenish our empty tanks, in the full knowledge that the cycle will soon start all over again...
As Christian (teachers), we are followers of Jesus, so it’s worth thinking about how Jesus operated. While he got quite busy at times (a lot of people wanted a lot of things from him), he made sure that he put time aside to be with his Father. And he made time to be with his disciples.
Those are two strategies that definitely translate into the 21st century - spending time in prayer and spending time in Christian community are excellent ways to keep your batteries going!
But it’s worth delving a little bit deeper. Jesus didn’t just respond to being busy by withdrawing into prayer. He always ministered from a place of rest. Before you face your hectic day, your challenging conversation, your difficult class, your stack of essays - do you make sure you connect, even if it’s just for a moment, with your Father in heaven? His energy is limitless, and sometimes it’s worth drawing on His reserves rather than your own!
The truth is, in our culture, we tend to fall prey to the great temptation of thinking that we need to achieve. We find ourselves drawing on our own energy, on our own resources, and on our own strength. But what if we accepted our limitations, stopped trying so hard and trusted God wholeheartedly for our daily needs instead?
In Matthew 5:3 Jesus says "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. What did he mean? Perhaps Eugene Peterson's The Message gives us a hint when it paraphrases this verse as follows:
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule."
Perhaps we need "more of Him and less of us" in our ordinary day to day…?
Robin Staple is The Stapleford Centre's coordinator. He is passionate about God, theology and coffee - and especially about how the Christian vision for holistic and wholesome education can offer a real contribution to the common good of society.
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