As the start of the school year approaches (yep, school starts for my district in two days), I am continuously thinking about who I am and Who I represent.
I have been posting inspirational messages for my fellow colleagues in my district, praying that they are continuing to arm themselves with God’s strength (and a great sense of humor), as school begins. I’ve been doing this because this is my first year as a teacher and I am modeling the behavior that I would like to see within my classroom. Yep, I’m handing out what I would like to see used on a daily basis within my classroom- by both the students and me! I need students to know that no matter who they are outside of my classroom, inside of it they are poised for success and we will reach that goal together.
In education, teachers were typically given apples as gifts and as such, apples have been unofficially deemed the symbol for education. So as this year begins, I am giving this same gift of fruit to others in my path. I give them love, peace, joy, goodness, kindness, gentleness, and faithfulness- the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). This is the ‘nalia that I wear and the gift that I share with you today.
Beloved, you have the power to do so much more than you are able to see and process in this moment. Hold on to God’s hand and trust Him to see you through.
Be fruitful and blessed.