The school year has begun. Children and teachers are heading to school for another year of fun and learning. A great scripture always comes to mind at this time of year. Psalm 32:8 reads, I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. That is a perfect description of a good teacher.

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A school bus the other day got me thinking of everything teachers have to put up with that I, as a paralegal, and those in other professions do not.

For instance:

  1. When we get to work, all the supplies are pretty much there. If not, we order, or at least have others order them for us. The money usually doesn’t come out of our pockets. Unfortunately, teachers do pay for a lot of school supplies. They have to compensate for children who either cannot afford the items or who forget to bring them.
  2. If a co-worker doesn’t do their job, chances are they’ll be fired. Teachers work alongside parents to teach. However, teachers can’t fire a parent if they don’t do their job (discipline their child, make sure homework is complete, etc.).
  3. How often do you work overtime and not get paid? Teachers do it all the time. They are constantly taking their personal time to grade papers and come up with plans for the next day.
  4. Have you ever had a performance review? I’ll bet you were judged on your work instead of someone else’s. Teachers in a lot of states are being reviewed on what their students do. It doesn’t matter if the child refuses to do their homework and the parents don’t make them. It’s kind of like a store clerk being judged on the behavior of her customers.
  5. My boss is a Christian and I can talk about Jesus anytime I’d like. Most people can pray at their business, they just can’t preach to others. If a boss stops you from praying, it’s discrimination. However, teachers don’t have that benefit. They can’t pray or talk about their faith without fear of being fired.

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If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. – Chinese proverb

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We need to pray for our teachers. Pray for their peace and patience, but also pray for the parents of the children they are instructing. Pray parents step up and be the type of parent a teacher would want to deal with.

And if you have children in school, don’t forget to thank their teachers. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way.

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The Olympics are over and the athletes from the United States did a wonderful job. It was nice to see a lot of the winners give the glory to God.

Olympic symbol

To become such a good athlete takes a lot of time each day. Michael Phelps spends six hours, six days a week in the pool and working out. Simone Biles does about the same with thirty-two hours per week dedicated to her training. In order to be an Olympian, you must live and breathe your sport.

Imagine if Christians spent at least that amount of time on their faith. Yet, we barely remember Jesus once the first thing upsets us in the morning.

Matthew 6:33 says But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Most people enjoy the second part of this passage without wanting to do the righteousness part. And in order to be righteous, we must keep God at the forefront of our lives.

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Too often we shout out his praises for an hour on Sunday then spend the rest of the week with the world acting like everyone else. We worry about how to get through a day of work instead of asking God how He will use us to His advantage. We fear sharing our faith, not wanting others feel uncomfortable. We fear showing we’re believers to others.

But we shouldn’t be afraid to pray in public or read our Bible during lunch, especially if it keeps Jesus at the forefront of our minds. We need to do whatever it takes to become a Spiritual Athlete and go for the gold for our Savior.

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If you find yourself a bit irritated or overwhelmed, it’s a sign that you’re spending less time with God and more time with this world. – unknown

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If we want our life to be Christ-centered, we must put God first. Make Him our main focus. Even on our bad days. The devil will try to toss things into your day to keep you from thinking of God, but you must persevere. Keep your mind focused on Jesus, and no matter what comes up you will get through.

Make today the day you begin your regiment of being focused on Jesus Christ. Here’s an idea, set your cell phone for every fifteen minutes just to say “Thank you, Lord.” How wonderful it would be for a bunch of phones to start going off as a reminder of the one true God. What a great way also to break the ice about our faith when asked about the ringing phone.

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Are you ready to become a Spiritual Olympian? Then do whatever it takes to focus on Jesus Christ. Eat, drink, and breathe Him. What a difference it would make in our communities, country, the world, if every waking moment we have God in our hearts and on our minds. It  would be mind blowing.

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