Tomorrow is the first day of school here in White County, TN…and this has to go down as one of the craziest school starts since the modern U.S. educational system began. Teachers, administrators, office professionals, aids, food service workers, cleaning personnel, coaches all are wondering what things will actually be like. I, like them, have no idea, but we can trust the Holy Spirit to equip and lead. This morning two words leapt to my attention that I believe to be for you who are tasked with education:
In context it says: “…I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me…one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12b, 13b-14 NKJV
I realize that the ultimate goal and purpose in this passage is for us to press on to know Jesus more fully and surrender to Him more completely, but I believe for you who are tasked with the education of children and teens God has called you to that task as well. So press on. Things are not as they have been in the past, but press to the goal of fulfilling the Godly purpose of influencing the next generation with excellence, even in these wacky days.