A forward focus of a new school year. Somewhere in the planning, a prompt to list goals as a teacher and as an individual. Words scratched out of note paper: organized/prepared; faithful/diligent; attitude/atmosphere; as well as discipline/self-control; surrender–prayer, interruptions, pace and expectations. These key words may only make sense to me, preliminary thoughts to be fully developed.
In Matthew 25, I read of preparation of the bridesmaids with their lamps and oil. All had lamps. All were waiting. All had oil. But some brought more oil to sustain themselves during the wait, and these women were called wise.
The parable of the three servants, each entrusted with a measure of treasure while the master was away. Each one received. And each one reacted–some by profitable action, and one by doing nothing. I think on plans and goals, action versus inaction. Not all plans are fruitful.
Jesus speaks about the final judgment.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ (Matthew 25:34-36, NLT)
All are made in God’s image. As I go forward in my planning and preparation, Lord help me to remember there’s a bigger scope and sequence. May I be ever mindful of the hearts being shaped alongside the minds.
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, NLT)
Lord, as a new beginning unfolds, I want to walk closer with you. Please guide and guard my heart and thoughts.