Normally, I would have been up last night with nervous butterflies in my stomach about waking up to the first day of school- as the teacher. For the past nine years, the night before school starts my brain would go on overdrive thinking of all the tasks left to do (for my own kids and my classroom). My heart would fill with anticipation and gratitude as I prayerfully considered all the students that God would bring through the doors of my Spanish classroom.
Today, however, is totally different than the past nine years of first days. This year I have decided to stay at home with my two-year-old son. The decision was a long and hard one to make, and one that was determined for many reasons- all of which equal the most giant leap of faith of my life (another blog post for another day).
I cannot help but think of all my amazing teacher coworkers and friends that are embarking on a new year of relationships to enjoy, challenges to overcome, and God-moments with students that leave you realizing that He truly is using you where you are planted.
The Bible encourages us in 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Be strong and immovable. Work enthusiastically. Nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
When the To-Do list will not fit on the the post-it, be strong. When you discern the “trouble” student within five minutes of the first class, be an immovable influence of good in her life. When a last minute staff meeting is called during the first week of school and all you want to do is get your printer working, work enthusiastically.
No matter where you are, at home reading a book to your child or putting last minute touches on your classroom to help ensure a strong start to the school year, NOTHING YOU DO FOR THE LORD IS EVER USELESS.