COURAGE AND LIGHT
April 30, 2021
Prayer: Lord, help us hear you telling us who we are and what we are to do in our professional lives. Help us shine for you.
Scripture: You are the light of the world [classroom]. A city [believer] on [in] a hill [school] cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:14-15
Jesus says, “You are the light of the world [classroom and school].” Jesus says, “Let your light shine before men [students, staff and parents].” The apostle John says, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another [join with other Christian teachers], and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” The apostle Paul states in a letter, “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day.” It takes courage to be God’s light in a secular public school setting.
There are many voices around us in school competing with these words from the Lord. Our paraprofessional, Debbie Doubt, says, “I doubt that faith has any real application or role in your professional life.” Our co-worker, Fearfilled Fanny says, “Keep your faith hidden. Any expressions of your faith are against the law because of the separation of church and state.” Our supervisor, Sharon Shame, says, “Don’t embarrass yourself by mentioning God, asking coworkers to pray with you, or by letting them know Jesus is your first love.” Our principal, Busyness Bob, says, “You don’t have time to get all of your work done now. You don’t have time to do what Jesus is asking you. Going to church is enough to please God.”
Whose voice and what voices are you choosing to primarily follow this school year?
Reflection: What or whose voice do I primarily follow in my professional life? Explain.
Getting Real: Keep a Bible and a devotional for Christian teachers at work. Take time to read them and apply Biblical principles in your professional life.
Copyright Don Clark. Email firstname.lastname@example.org