I hope at the writing of this month’s edition of Piccolo’s notes you are having a smooth ending to the first semester of the 2022-23 school year. I would imagine you have had some very bright spots mixed in with some difficult times where you had to fully rely on God’s infinite and divine power.
My main focus in this edition will be to provide you with some insight and tools to assist you as you look forward toward the new year. I will also capture a few defining stories from some of our members that truly revealed the working of God’s spirit. As always, it is truly an honor and blessing for all of us at Christian Educators to serve you with Godly wisdom everyday.
A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with one of our members who was dealing with a lot of anxiety and doubt toward almost every facet of her teaching position. I could tell right from the onset of the conversation that I needed to listen more than I needed to try to solve the problem. To my surprise, she thanked me for my patience and the listening ear I gave her during our conversation. When she hung up the phone she didn’t have all the answers to what was in front of her, but she had the peace that only God can give.
One of my first conversations in my role as an Educational Consultant for Christian Educators was almost a year ago. One of our members was really struggling both physically and emotionally. It reached a point where it was becoming unhealthy for him to go to work each day. On top of that he had broken his contract because of the physical and emotional drain of his position, but the district was not going to release him without a financial penalty. After at least four to five conversations we put an appeal together and covered it with prayer. Praise God that this member did not have to pay anything and is now able to focus on his health and family!
So, as we focus on the upcoming year, let me give you a few thoughts on how to look forward to the new year with hope. Much like the Lord expressed to the disciples in Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” This verse reminds that when we put our faith in the Lord we receive a power that is unexplainable. Here are a few ways to walk in more of his power in the new year:
- If you are in a rut with your job or calling, take some time over the break to reflect, pray, and listen for a new perspective.
- Search your heart with respect to how you treat others in the workplace. Are you modeling the way Jesus would act or react?
- Ask the Lord to guide your steps throughout the day and speak to Him one on one even when you are at work.
- Finally, continually grow as a teacher by reading, reflecting, and discussing, if necessary asking the Lord to grow your thirst for new ideas (John 3:10).
Let me close by saying we don’t know what 2023 holds for us as there are many variables that will come into play. However, there is one certainty and that is the spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our perspective changes when we remember, where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). This verse may very well be the key that we need to function effectively in an ever-changing environment such as the school system.
Christian Educators is always here to guide, counsel, and assist you in all your endeavors and are honored that you have chosen CE for your membership! We continue to pray for you, asking the mighty hand of God to direct and make your paths straight.
David M. Piccolo