Monday, February 18, 2008

Please Grow Up!

In the Volume 11 Number 3 Christian School Education magizine, Linda Montgomery Buell has written a wonderful article titled Please Grow Up! Even though it is primaryly about teachers, I believe everyone will be challenged and encouraged by the quotes below:

Let's be honest. The challenges of teaching are so great that scores of new teachers abandon the profession within the first few years. p. 6

God's intention for us is that our work be a blessing to ourselves and to others. To pursue work that is outside your gift mix and your calling is to take a path that leads to despair, for the work will never feel natural or fulfilling. p. 6

Acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works.... As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul-not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that He has for us....
...And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn't cover up bad work. (Colossians 1:10-12; 3:22-25, The Message) p. 7

When God calls one of His own into the work of a particular profession, His purpose in part is to use the challenges and opportunities of that profession as avenues to spiritual maturity. How we go about our work is a spiritual issue. p. 7

... our daily provision is the Holy Spirit Himself. p. 7

Being called-which is to say, gifted-doesn't make professional growth a slam dunk; it makes it possible. p. 7

We are Spirit driven to do the best we can, and because we are on a journey of spiritual transformation, almost daily we encounter challenges-the slings and arrows of our profession, if you will-that threaten to sidetrach us. p. 7

When we forget who our real Master is, there is a price to pay-physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. p. 8

What do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in His oresence in holy reverence, follow the road He sets out for you, love Him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you (Deuteronomy 10:12, The Message). p. 9

... growing up is a holy thing to do. p. 9

The Christian School Education magizine is an ACSI publication.

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