WORD FOR THE YEAR

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16, NLT

As Christian educators, it’s vital that we restore our spirits with God’s Word as we continue walking out our callings within the public and private school settings. And it’s equally as important to have a plan. 

So let me ask you a question: Do you have a plan for your spiritual walk with the Lord this year?

If you have ever been in a position in the classroom or in life where you have had to wing it, then you can attest to the fact that continuing this practice results in anxiety, mental and physical exhaustion, and essentially burnout. Hence, the importance of planning our educational and spiritual journeys. 

To prevent my heart, mind, and spirit from just winging it, hoping for productive sanctification, I have found great favor from seeking God’s face and revolving my year around a “Word of the Year.” The revelation of this word that God gives me is a result of many days and weeks of prayer and conversations with the Lord through His Word, seeking His direction for my spiritual journey. 

Once God reveals my word, I write down the accompanying Scripture and begin committing it to memory. Throughout the year, this word functions as a sifter when evaluating responsibilities and obligations. If the opportunity fits within the parameters that God has given me, then I attach my name, heart, mind, and spirit to it. If it functions outside those God-given parameters, then I decline the opportunity. 

I want to encourage you today to spend some time in prayer and reflection about where God is leading you in 2024. Seek His Word daily for truth and search for the “word” He wants you to use to serve Him and others more. 

Father, we thank You for Your Word and how it teaches us, corrects us, and gives us wisdom and understanding about who You are. Help us to plan our days, beginning with time spent alone with You seeking Your will. We ask that You give us the desire to seek You, know You, and share Your love with those You have entrusted into our care. We are excited about what You are going to do in our lives and within our schools. Amen. 

Copyright Heather McVey.

Heather is a member and a follower of Jesus disguised as a middle/high school speech-language pathologist in Corbin, KY. She is also the owner of unfoldingministries.com.

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