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Glimpsing Greater Things to Come

The busyness for the end of school year is intense. For students, parents, and teachers–there’s an excitement and weariness that are inevitable.

This is the third year I’ve taught the middle school/high school chapel worship team at our Christian school. As with everything in life, there have been ups and downs, highs and lows, joys and frustrations.

One thing I’ve been so proud of is the team connection that has formed. Some of that has been three years in the making, but I watched them blossom and grow in abilities and skill this year. Concepts and experiences in worship began to click for them, and I heard from both teachers and others how good they were sounding.

This was beautiful to watch, but the most touching thing to me was to read the short reflective papers the students wrote for the end of the year. Things I had hoped for them, prayed for them, and of course, tried to teach them–they had experienced. Goals they had set for themselves were realized. Skills (both practical and spiritual) they had worked on were improving.

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It’s humbling and amazing when you can see things you’ve tried to impart and teach and you know they stuck. It’s no longer an idea, a concept, or a theory. Many of these kids experienced the God behind those things.

And that makes it all worth it.

Yes, I did believe God was working and doing these things; but to have the confirmation that it did is beyond thrilling. I’m not trying to make it about me, but I needed a win and God gave it to me.

I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. –1 Corinthians 1:4

This week my testimony is my students and the faithful God who meets those students. Each one of us has a part to play, big or small. I’m honored to be able in any way to connect people to Jesus.

I never want to lose that sense of purpose.

I pray each of these students (especially the graduating ones) will run further with the lifestyle and experiences of worship than I ever could. I’ve seen a glimpse of the future, and they are poised for great things.

How about you? Have you ever trudged along and God gave you confirmation what you were doing mattered? What are you thankful for this week?

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  1. I used to teach school, so I can completely connect with your experiences here, Jason. Although I couldn’t express my Christian beliefs outwardly as the school was a public one, I tried to model Christ for them every day; and if they asked me if I went to church, etc., I’d always answer them honestly. I do hope my ministry as a teacher (because that’s what it truly is) touched the lives of many who will serve God and never stop learning.
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    • I am sure it did, Martha. My wife was a public school teacher for many years before we moved to Oklahoma and she impacted so many lives. Every kindness and act of compassion plants a seed--points to Him. That’s awesome you got to give and serve that way. In many ways, you got to exhibit the greater faith because it wasn’t open, so to speak, but you had to trust God was using it all. Amen. Blessings to you and thank you. 🙂

  2. Yeah, that’s awesome. Just when you need a boost and our Father’s in agreement He provides.

    I got a note from a girl I coached in high school. She’s graduated college, gotten married, has two children, and sent me a message telling me how much things I tried to coach her still stick with her today in real life. She told me that she now realizes that I was not just preparing her for a game, but for life. Doesn’t get much better than that.

    This week my youngest finished high school. I’m grateful, but it’s bitter sweet…

    Thanks for sharing your heart with others, especially young ones, it is a gift from our Father and will come back to you multiplied.

    • Wow, I love that, Floyd. For our children, our students--we simply want to prepare them for life. What an honor (and humbling thing) to be one who gets to speak into young lives and point them the right direction! Wow, that’s all I can say. Thanks so much, my friend.

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