When I was teaching, the unrealistic list of expectations that I set for myself—especially when it came to being an inspiration for my students—consumed me. I dedicated almost all of my time, energy, and focus to being the type of teacher who inspired my students. But, inevitably I fell short, feeling discouraged and exhausted.
Maybe you can relate.
Inspiring students day after day through my own effort and skill felt impossible…for good reason.
We were never meant to serve in our schools on our own. And when it comes to inspiring students, partnering with the Holy Spirit makes the impossible possible.
Let me explain.
Throughout his letters, Paul encourages us to be filled with the Holy Spirit…to welcome His influence on our lives…to be empowered by Him. In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul describes the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence and work in our lives. He calls this evidence fruit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (NIV).
No matter how much we strive to achieve this type of fruit, we simply can’t do it on our own. However, the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives grows this fruit and allows us to share it with others.
In the classroom, this fruit might look like this:
- Coming to school each day exhibiting love and joy to coworkers who lack both
- Demonstrating patience and forbearance when dealing with challenging parents
- Offering kindness and gentleness to our most vulnerable students
- Modeling faithfulness, goodness, and self-control in our classrooms
Now that sounds like an inspirational educator!
I pray that you feel free from the burden of striving to be inspirational…that you are filled with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work in your hearts and empower you. As He works, you will see evidence in your lives. He will grow this inspirational fruit that you can share with your students, coworkers, and their families.
His fruit will make you truly inspirational educators. Through Him, it is possible!
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