John 15:26-27 “But when the Helper Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify and bear witness about Me. But you will testify also and be My witnesses, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
Those were the words I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me. “Stop chasing things.” This world is so full of things- and sometimes they even sparkle!
If you have this – you’ll be happy.
If you do this – you’ll feel better
If you buy more – you’ll be great
If you get the right guy – life will be awesome.
If you make more money – if you have better clothes – if you buy a better car – if you blah, blah, blah…
You know the story. Has you “American Dream” turned into a nightmare? And I have to admit I fell for it. Too busy chasing things. Too busy period.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Lord, forgive me. Help me to be thankful for the simple things. Help me remember that I do not need to chase anyone or anything. And I have all that I need with You, in Jesus Name.
If there is one thing you bring with you wherever you go that this world needs it is Peace. The Spirit of the Living God lives within you if you have believed on Jesus. And He is Peace – the Prince of Peace. Receive it today. Let His peace reign in your heart when the world is crazy. Let his peace reign in your heart when things are out of control. Receive His Peace in the storm and in the quiet. And carry the Light of the World into the darkness. Bring kindness and humbleness and rest in Jesus today. The World around you will see it. Shine on!
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:5-7
There are lots of so called leaders out there. Lots of people who are looking for followers. But not all of them are worth following. Some are wolves in sheeps clothing. They appear harmless and want to be your friend. But will slice you to pieces the minute you turn your back. Don’t be deceived. Don’t follow a double minded person – they are unstable in all their ways. And they do not have your best interest in mind.
Have you ever run into a passive-aggressive person? Yeah, me too. One minute they want to be your friend, and the next minute they are stabbing you in the back. Or they just wait to pounce on you to make you look bad in front of others. Secretly they really want you to fail. Especially if you are a Believer in Christ. Be wary. Not everyone you meet is on your side. According to Wikipedia:
Passive–aggressive behavior is the indirect expression of hostility, such as through procrastination, stubbornness, sullenness, or deliberate or repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is (often explicitly) responsible.
Only through receiving the Spirit of God will we have a Teacher who will guide us and comfort us. The Holy Spirit will tell you ahead of time what is to come. The Spirit will tell you who is trustworthy and who is not. Ask the Spirit. And follow His lead. God will deal with the passive-aggressive. You are the aroma of Christ to them, the Light of the World – and not everyone wants to come out of the dark.
The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. My eyes are always on the LORD, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. -Psalm 25:14-15 NLT Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. – Galatians 5:25
Isaiah 40:26 Look up into the heavens.Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.
Psalm 33:6 The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created.He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.
Genesis 22:17 I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.
Psalm 136:7-9 Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—His faithful love endures forever. the sun to rule the day, His faithful love endures forever. and the moon and stars to rule the night. His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 147:4-5 He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!
Jeremiah 33:22 And as the stars of the sky cannot be counted and the sand on the seashore cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of my servant David and the Levites who minister before me.”
You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?
I would change things. Having worked in the Education and the Business Fields I have experience in both areas. Yes, there are systems that have been established for Education that have been used for years. And Teachers that have taught the same course – for years.
In my opinion, much of what our kids learn is not applicable once they enter the workforce. Yes, they can figure out square roots and learn about cell division and know what a preposition is. But how does that help them in the real world trying to get and keep a job in today’s market?
What are the Top jobs available to them once they graduate? Those are the skills they should learn. And why is there so much knowledge without wisdom?
Skills I Would Teach
God’s Word – it is Truth and Life and an Anchor in this thing called life. We all need some promises to hold onto.
Consequences. Not everybody gets a trophy.
Healthy Boundaries in any relationship. Not every boy that says he loves you is telling the truth. And lots of kids lie.
Learn how to balance a checkbook. Unless you learn to manage what God gives you, it will manage you.
Learn how to handle change. Things will not go as you planned – guaranteed.
Life isn’t fair. Deal with it.
Don’t believe everything you hear. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Just because somebody said it – it doesn’t mean that it is true.
Right is right and wrong is wrong. Just because you can -doesn’t mean you should.
How to handle conflict. Pursue peace and avoid gossipers and slanderers. There will always be people who throw you under the bus. Shake it off.
Keep your peace despite the drama. There are lots of people throwing darts around. And tons who like to stir the pot.
Take a breath and trust God. He will lead the way. He will show you the path to walk in. He will hear and answer your prayers – He promised.
Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God]. – Proverbs 29:18 AMP
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. – Luke 17:5-6 NIV
As I join the throng of High School Educators and Assistants I am learning the power of words on the next generation. I am humbled. And sad. It has only been a month yet I already see the “kingdoms” that some adults establish to prove their importance. I have seen good teachers who encourage and strengthen our youth. But I have also seen those who plant seeds of doubt and confusion.
What Seeds are your words planting?
Here are some Humorous Examples of Types of Teachers from Teachthought.com
Crazy Teacher – This is the teacher whose class you don’t miss. The one that roller skates into class on the first day of school tossing out goodie bags of highlighters and breath mints, and swigs Mountain Dew right out of the 2-liter bottle before putting it back in her purse.
Rebel Teacher – This is the one who mocks the principal when they turn their back, thumbs their nose at “the state,” and encourages students to stand on their desks and rip their SpringBoard book into pieces. Viva la rebel!
Over-Achiever Teacher – This is the teacher that has to have their class first at everything: first in fundraising, first to the lunchroom, first in reading goals, first in parent participation, and first to every PLC meeting–everything graded, in alphabetical order, with a “research-based strategy” ready to start the meeting. All in the name of education and “school spirit,” of course.
Fire-and-Brimstone – If you do not learn to read Chaucer or solve theorems with the same urgency as the Fire-and-Brimstone teacher, you’ll fail. At life.
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