Not by might, nor by power...
...but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.
Most of us can complete that sentence easily, maybe even hum the tune to the classic Leslie Phillips song that declares Zechariah 4:6. But how often do we practice that scripture? If we know that nothing is accomplished but by His Spirit, why do we try to make things happen in our own strength?
I think this verse applies especially to our work in the classroom. It is a natural tendency to think that kids with challenging behaviors should respond to our might and power, and it's often our first and last resort. Do it, because I said so! We are quick to impose our own authority over rule-breakers and rarely think to pray for God's authority over the situation. However, the real, true, and lasting change we're seeking is produced by the Spirit of the Lord, and it usually starts with change in our own hearts.
Father, help me to remember this week that You are the Almighty, the center of the universe, and everyone is made in You.