You left Friday afternoon, and you thought, “That’s it. I can’t do this anymore. Today’s the day I start drinking.” Let’s consider some reasons why you cannot give up now, besides the fact that if you ever started drinking over this teaching job, you might not quit. It’s going to be fine.
- God hasn’t called you off this battlefield. You wish He would, you think you are ready, but you have not been released. Maybe it’s because you are still to be a teacher, but you are going through a difficult season.
- I always want to quit in December and May. The kids are antsy, I am antsy and we are all getting on each others’ nerves. The breaks are coming. Make your lesson plans easy on you-not much talking, lots of seat work when possible. Christmas movie, anyone?
- You are light in daily darkness. It is easy to see with our recent events that being light in a dark world will get worse. When you discipline, many do not understand because they have never experienced a caring adult who is trying to mold them into a successful human being. You have become the most hated person in the room. Remember our biblical heroes who experienced these same feeling of unpopularity: Moses, Paul, and mostly Jesus.
- Evaluations will come and go. I have taught long enough, as some of you have also, to know that you must fight your way through the latest trend because it will change next year. There was even a new evaluation system that came our way, and by Christmas , it was gone. Don’t stress over these too much. I have worked really hard with a stellar performance and gotten a 3 out of 5. Out of frustration, I didn’t even try on the next one and got a 5 out of 5.
- Incorporate the daily perks: chocolate, coffee or a Coke after school. Those kids need you. You are wore out and need some rest. Opt for
this instead of the afternoon drink, even though my first year teacher daughter and I have said more times than we can count recently, “It may be time to start drinking.”
In our self serving, self seeking world, being in any public service position is going to get harder. If we are going to be unpopular or meet up with struggles because of our beliefs, then let’s continue to try to share our faith in Christ Jesus more and more. We must not be rude, but intentional. The gospel in itself is offensive; it always has been, but it is Christ’s love that attracts the hopeless.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23
Oh and this story has a happy ending. A Savior came who is Christ the Lord. He is coming again, and every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that HE and only He is Lord.