Encouragement

It is time to take a stand…

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I don’t like controversy more than the next guy. In fact, I see myself as much more of a peacemaker, but in lieu of the dramatic changes that are occurring, in education, and our country in general, I believe, as Christians,  it is time to take a stand and make a little noise. Most educators, that I know, aren’t aware that there is looming legislation that could change the face of education in America. It seems that a small majority, are being allowed to dictate what we do or don’t do in our classrooms.  Every year the restrictions, requirements, and expectations on us, as educators, and our students seems to grow. Many have said that the joy of teaching is being lost in the many excessive rules and regulations. So, what do we do?… I believe that now, more than ever, our faith has to be our strength and guidance in our classrooms. Many are saying that Christians should leave public education. There may come a time and place when we have to do so, but for now,  if we, as Christians, abandon public education, who is going to be the salt and the light?

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;…” Matthew 5:13-14

Who is going to see the God given gifts and potential uniquely placed in each of our students? Who will shine light into the lives of so many children? It is easy to grow discouraged and to lose our sharpness. That is why I am so glad that God gave us His Word! No matter what we are experiencing, there is something written in the Bible to speak directly to us.

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You know a fire will only remain burning strong if it is stoked… Without stimulation, even the strongest fire will eventually burn out. When Paul left for Macedonia he left his beloved church in Ephesus in the hands of his dear friend Timothy. When he left, he knew that Timothy’s passion for serving the church and driving our false doctrines was very strong. However, as time passed, Paul realized that Timothy’s fire needed to be stoked. So Paul wrote Timothy and said:

“I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy, clearly recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also.

Therefore, I remind  you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgment.

So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God. He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” 2 Timothy 1: 1-9

So, in light of God’s precious Word, I urge you to keep ablaze the gift of teaching that God has placed within you. Another translation actually says don’t neglect your gift. Teaching is a gift! The ability to empower and inspire others to learn, is a gift. What wonderful things do you have to share with your students this year? We must remember rely on the power of God everyday. We must remind each other that God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgment. Just like Paul and Timothy, we have to stoke each other’s fire!

In think Christian artist, Matthew West,  sums it up best in his latest song:

“Do Something”
I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

I’m so tired of talking
About how we are God’s hands and feet
But it’s easier to say than to be
Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m something”gonna do something”

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill (shine shine, shine shine)
But we’re never gonna change the world
By standing still
No we won’t stand still
No we won’t stand still
No we won’t stand still

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something [x3]

So, as we, as Christians, look bold faced into a new school year, we must know that it is time to do something! It is time to stand strong, with the Lord as our guide! We must care more about serving Him and our students than the many rules, regulations and requirements placed upon us. Don’t forget to stoke each other’s fire, through encouragement and admonition. I’m praying for all of you as you boldly influence our next generation! Don’t forget that you are the salt and the light!

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About Author

My name is Tammy Morgan, and I've been an educator for almost 20 years. I believe it is my calling and desire to encourage others who endeavor to be educators, as well. Outside of my school-world, I'm a wife and mother of three unique boys.

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