I’m exhausted, worn, and in need of rest. Yes it’s physical, but it’s also more than that, it’s emotional, mental, and spiritual. It’s a deep unsettling weariness that a vacation cannot fix, a thunderstorm of questions that seem to drag my soul down. Yet, when I really look at this unrest, I see that I am a child holding all the burdens that I have been called to leave behind. I struggle and strain to hold on, tears filling my eyes as I try and prove who I am. But thank God for His kindness, that He does not scold me, instead He gets on my level, seeing me, eye to eye and heart to heart. He says to me “My child, this is not for you.” how I have heard these words over and over again, and yet He says them, and it pierces me. Christ has the scars to show us that the past is no longer etched on us, but on Him. That rest is found at His feet, listening to His voice, that same voice that awoke stars and galaxies, that made possible streams and mountains. Oh, yes, I am weak, but He brings me strength, because He is my strength.
Rest, see, and understand the goodness of Christ, for He wants you in no other place than by His side; and in no other place shall we find rest, than by the wounded side of Jesus.”
T.B. LaBerge // Go Now (via tblaberge)
School is starting soon for some of us and for others, it’s already begun… Here are a few words of wisdom for all the new teachers out there:
- Have a life outside of school. Don’t let your job consume you. Make time for hobbies and people and sleep.
- Document, document, document. If you’re not sure if you need to or not, do it. Better safe than sorry.
- Be nice to everyone but especially the school secretary, the custodians, and the cafeteria ladies. They’ll all save your butt at some point in the year.
- Get your toughest, most outgoing kid on your side and generally the rest will follow.
- Keep a jacket it your room. Sometimes you’ll need it, sometimes you won’t. Better to have it and not need it…
- Make time each day to read out loud to the kids… No matter their age,kids love that. Do the voices, act silly, throw yourself into it.
- Pee when you get the chance.
- Call home and write notes for good things as well as bad. That’ll make the bad things not so bad.
- You don’t have to grade everything.
- Some people won’t like you no matter what you do. Deal with it and move on.
- You don’t have to be perfect and know everything. If you need help, ASK.