Energy


For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring. (Isaiah 44:3)

Energy. You had it when you first started teaching. You probably even had it in August. But a lot has happened since then to wear you down. Forget the pressures of actual teaching. Just maintaining order in a room with thirty little captive bodies for 7 hours a day is enough to weaken anyone’s enthusiasm.

So how do you regain it? Our English word for ‘enthusiasm’ comes from a Greek phrase meaning ‘God within’. The passion and energy for everyday trials has to come from the Lord, because He’s the only limitless Source. We were designed to have to have God within us in order to function at our peak.

Think of yourself as a sponge, trying to clean up the dirty world we live in. Just as a sponge must be filled with water to be effective, so we have to be filled with the living water of God. Satiated. We can’t just soak up enough for ourselves- we have to be filled to overflowing. It’s the only way we’ll have enough to spread around.

A sponge will dry out if it’s spent too much time out of water. It becomes useless for anything except collecting surface dirt. It’s no longer capable of any powerful change to the environment around it. Likewise, we require a continual refreshing, to be dipped back into the Source as often as possible. Each time we are immersed in living water, we are purified and prepared for the next challenge.

Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'" But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive..." (John 7:37-39).

If you’re feeling ‘dried out’, remember to go back to God for a fresh filling. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:4 that the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. Anyone who drinks of the Spirit will be filled.

O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)


9 comments:

pat said...

As the FCAT approaches, I feel even more in need of the energy of the Lord to help me keep going, and do all I can for the 23 little souls facing the third grade exams, with such high stakes. We all need to keep these little ones in our prayers as they too feel the stress.

Brenda Landry said...

Isn't it neat how God uses us to encourage one another. You don't know me; nor do you know I needed to hear this devotional today~ But God knew and He put it on your heart to share with us! Thanks for obeying Him. May God bless you in your teaching and keep encouraging you as you encourage us with what He shows you. Thanks for your blog and your website!

Anonymous said...

Wow - I could not believe it when I opened my email just now. It is my turn tomorrow morning to share a devo with my coworkers - and there in my inbox is a devo about exactly what is on my mind. Thank you for the refreshing words! I will be sharing your thoughts with my coworkers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much for your blog, and the inspiration that you share with us! I teach early intervention, special education preschoolers, and I am about worn out at this point of the year. I needed this boost, and I will share your message with others in my program.

Nick said...

Howdy! I'm a Middle School science teacher in a small Christian school. I really like your thoughts on Energy, especially as the school year is on the downhill slope. I would like to quote your thoughts for a weekly devotion with the faculty at my school. I will credit you and even let them know your blog URL. Is this OK?

- Nick

Anonymous said...

thank you, you do not know how perfect your devotion is for me today- even though it was written jan 16- Jesus knew i needed to see it today-
amen. The Lord is sooo awesome!

Melissa K said...

thank you soooo much! this is exactly what i needed today...

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am amazed how God works right before my eyes. I really needed this during the school year but I guess God knew that it wasn't the right time for me to listen. I had the worst year last year in my 4 yrs. of teaching. I felt all I did was yell. I know this isn't me and now God was able to show me through your devotion what to do for this situation. I'm going to print this and keep it in my classroom for those moments that seem so tough. Thank you so much for sharing your heart! You continue to touch everyone who reads these awesome thoughts from the Lord!

Unknown said...

Amen!