God's will for your life

Spring has finally sprung, and we're heading into the home stretch of the school year. Retirement and resignation letters are being submitted, and there's lots of talk in the teacher's lounge about what will happen in the fall. The future seems uncertain for many, especially in these times of huge school budget cuts.

I've heard lots of teachers wondering aloud about questions like these:

Should I teach or stay home with my kids?
Should I change grade levels?
Should I transfer to another school next year?
Should I stay in the classroom or look for something else?
What will happen if I don't have a job next year?
What is God's will for me next?

And in the midst of these conversations, God has been quietly speaking 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 into my heart:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Did you catch that? THIS is the will of God in Christ Jesus. For you:

Rejoice. Always. Not just when things are easy, or fun, or clearly demonstrating progress toward your goals, or when you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Always.

Pray. Without ceasing. When you're tired and discouraged, pray. When you're content and fulfilled, pray. Keeping praying. And then pray some more. Let your thoughts and words be continually directed toward the Lord so your focus is on Him and not on the world around you.

And lastly--give thanks in ALL circumstances.

You see, God cares about which school we teach at and which grade level we're assigned to, but He's much more concerned with the attitude we have in our circumstances. Our goal during uncertain times should not be to figure out what God's going to do next, but to allow our uncertainty to deepen our faith. God wants us to spend each day not knowing what will happen next, but trusting Him, anyway. He wants us to be filled with the joy and gratitude that come from being in constant communion with Him.

THAT is His will for each of us in Christ Jesus. So no matter what you are facing today, I encourage you to rejoice, pray, and give thanks. Choosing those actions will open your heart and mind so that you can fully receive whatever God has planned for you next.


Anonymous said...

Thanks! I just found out that I will be teaching a different grade next year. Now I will rejoice as I move into this new season!

Unknown said...

Thanks!!! Just what I needed ton hear!

Andrea said...

Thanks! That was exactly what I needed to hear today :)

Katherine said...

WELL written! Thank you for posting this! :D

Mrsdouglass Douglass said...

Thank you for these words. I just found out today that I may be put into a combined classroom next year and I shuddered. I've taught combined classes 3 out of my 8 years of teaching and they were the hardest, busiest, and craziest years. I just didn't think I could do it again. Now I will rejoice in whatever God puts on my plate and try to remember that although those years wore me out, they were the best years of my teaching career.

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Patricia Ewing said...


Another Scripture that the LORD has reminded me of is Philippians 2:14 "Do everything without grumbling or arguing." I've stopped eating in the teacher's lounge so I don't hear the grumbling and don't join in.

Anonymous said...

Right in the valley of decision. Thanks for the post. Rejoice, Pray, Thanks, Amen!

Dan said...

Amen! We need to remember to "Trust the Lord with ALL our heart and lean not on our own understanding." Proverbs 3:5
As teachers, we are so used to planning ahead and working to keep control of our students and classrooms that it is hard to let go, but that is what God commands of us so we can be used to accomplish His purposes.

Dan Fiore

Anonymous said...

What a timely topic for many of us! It's a great reminder to trust GOd IN the situation, not waiting to 'trust' until we know the future.

Anonymous said...

Quite encouraging!

Mr C said...

I love this - thanks.

Joanna said...

I have just found this site, and this is what I needed to read today. Starting in a new school next week after being off for 21 months due illness ( stress and anxiety). i have been worried about going to the new place without friends..... but you have reminded me that i have God and He is bigger than all my worries. Thank you for your vision.