Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Thought for the Day: Loving and nurturing our children in the faith is an intricate part of our ministry.
As I reflect on this time of year when my summer days are nearing an end and my school days are about to begin, I try to determine how I can continue my time of reading, praying, and writing. In this moment of overwhelming thought, I first think about getting my classroom ready and then I think about preparing lesson plans and skills for the first few weeks of school. Then, I look over at my son and two friends sleeping on the couch as a part of a sleepover. This brings my thoughts to the group of children who will be entering my classroom in a week. Those children are individuals who will come in with their unique personalities, struggles, talents, and abilities. They will come into my classroom with a need to be nourished not only in learning the skills from books, but by the love and security I am called to give them as their teacher. When I think of the children, and not the classroom or skills, I know that my time of reading, writing, and especially praying needs to be a part of my daily routine. It also needs to be a part of every moment of every day because each moment in a classroom of students can bring on circumstances that only God can lead me through.
Today, as I pray I ask God to help me determine a schedule for reading and writing, but more than that I ask God to remind me throughout the day, every day, to pray for the children in my classroom, their parents, and other teachers. I especially pray for discernment about situations that arise and clarity to know how to approach those situations.
Prayer: God, thank you for leading us to the ministries you have planned for us. Help us discern the situations that arise in our jobs and the clarity to handle each situation. Be with us today, throughout the day to help us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TEACHERS BEGINNING A SCHOOL YEAR