But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1, ESV

Starting a new school year can be daunting, especially for first-year teachers. Several responsibilities are given to us and we may feel insecure. We might think, What if I make mistakes? What if my students don’t listen to me? What if I receive a poor performance evaluation?
While first-week jitters are natural, we can be mindful to not allow doubts or worries to cause us to forget this incredible fact: we belong to God. And, He redeemed us. So when we make mistakes or endure trials, we can remember that God has us in His hands.
I’m in my second week of school, and I have already encountered incidents that have tempted me to be anxious. But when I recalled the above verse, I felt God’s peace.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I encourage you to also recall God’s words of truth and peace. Remember that no struggle can harm us because we belong to the Creator of the world. He is in control.

Dear God, I pray You will help those You called to teach to go forth this school year knowing Your peace. I pray they will obey Your command to “Fear not,” so they may serve You with joy and strength. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Copyright Tirzah Dawson.
Tirzah is a member and a library teacher at a Midwest public school.

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