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Call me partial, but I really do believe there’s a special place for teachers in heaven. There’s tons of reasons teachers need encouragement: the constant flow of ungraded papers, pressure to achieve proficiency targets, implementing the ‘latest, scientifically-proven reading strategy.’ Fellow teachers—I feel you! You’re exasperated! Yet what I find most amazing about educators is the wonder, hope and love of learning that doesn’t seem to fade, regardless of how long we’ve been teaching.
I truly believe that in every soul of a teacher is an element of Christ’s very own nature—hope, faith, guidance, and love. Am I the only one who absolutely loves his or her job? I can’t even! Teachers sense when a student’s mood has turned for the worst. Teachers wear forgiveness on their sleeves. Teachers are caregivers.
Teachers, I’m praying our God impart his spiritual gifts upon you—words of wisdom, words of knowledge, discernment, faith, gifts of healing, and miracles. (See 1 Corinthians 12:8-10). Why you wonder? Because teaching in the 21st century is not getting easier.
Those we instruct are exposed to a borage of dark elements through music, television and the Internet. Some may come from broken homes. Our young men and women may be forced to grow up faster than they should. Teachers have the capacity to impact their students for eternity’s sake. Some may have never heard one, inspiring word. Yet, YOU—amazing teacher—have the ability to sow seeds of love and hope into your students.
You know what I love most about hope? That we teachers are experts at uplifting, encouraging, and bringing joy to our respective classroom environments.
Teacher-friend, don’t you ever forget your worth. You are a conduit being used for God’s greater glory to impact future generations—believe it!
Jessica Galán encourages her readers to embrace malleability in the midst of life’s difficult moments. She spends her day teaching amazing students from diverse backgrounds in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She’s wife to a super-creative man and the proud mother of three resilient young women. She’s served as a writing facilitator for Lysa TerKeurst through COMPEL Training. She enjoys daily cups of steaming hot café con leche and breaks out in sporadic salsa dancing when no one’s looking. You’ll find her stories at jessicagalan.net. Connect with her here: Twitter || Instagram ||Facebook
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