Built Tough

“For we have come to share Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end” Hebrews 3:14

When I see the phrase “built tough”, I immediately think of all the Ford truck commercials. You know the ones, digging in mud, pulling huge trailers…yada yada. All the things “doods” do. The toughness I know you have is one that isn’t plastered on super duty trucks, its the toughness of the mind and spirit that is takes to handle preschoolers.

Tough- Synonyms – Strong, stubborn, lentos, fibrous, difficult, refractory, hard unmanageable, tenacious, firm, strong The actual word tough is not found in the Bible. 

Of those words, when I think about you as a teacher; Firm fits. 

You are built Firm!

You have been called to this profession because 

  1. You are a firm person 
  2. You are tasked to teach our kids how to have a firm foundation.  

I am a CRNA by trade and in healthcare its easy to become quite jaded. We have to compartmentalize our emotions so that we don’t get too attached while also maintaining a sense of compassion to make our patients comfortable before they go to sleep.

I have multiple teacher friends and I can see where this happens in your life too. It is in a different way, but when you are with these kids day in and day out you become attached and then they leave, you start to guard your heart and try not to get attached.

The draw you have to children and what you love about them tends to grow weaker as time marches on…unless you make a conscious effort to tend and water that passion. 

I want to share a passage you probably have heard

4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Luke 8:4-8

Each child in your care is being rooted in good soil because of you. You are the firm foundation for them mon-fri. This also means you must water and tend the soil of your own faith. Your toughness comes from above and with Him you can withstand the hurts you get along the way. It will help you guide and direct these kids in healthy ways that they will build upon as they grow.

Thank you! 

Your ability to withstand all the chaos, all the questions, and whining is truly impressive. God has given you a special gift and I pray you will water it and watch it grow. When you are worn out and feeling those nagging words of “what’s the point, they don’t listen, I’m not making a difference”

Stop

Pray 

YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB! You are tough. You are a firm foundation for kids who may only hear about Jesus with you. You are watering seeds of faith in children’s minds that will one day spread the gospel to future generations.

Lord,

Thank you for teachers. Thank you for teachers specifically of my kids because these teachers teach my babies. I have watched my babies grow up and come home telling me bible stories and I am so thankful to have my kids in a school that teaches Jesus. Lord I pray for the weary teacher that thinks its time to move on. Help her decipher her emotions. Help her know her calling and how to foster that love for kids while not getting burned out by the job itself. For the teacher who feels overwhelmed by the job, I pray for peace. I pray for help where she needs its and for strength to grow in the chaos. I love teachers and I am grateful you have called them to this profession. Bless them Lord, use them Lord and grant them peace that is beyond all understanding. In Jesus name

Amen

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