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                      Teacher Devotion for the week of May 28, 2016


                       WATCH OVER THE SEEDS THAT I PLANTED THIS YEAR

1CO 3:5-9 [5] “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task. [6] I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. [7] So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. [8] The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. [9] For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.”

The year is almost over.  I have tried to be faithful to plant good seed in each of my students.  But, in all honesty, I haven’t seen very many changes in their lives.  Well, maybe in a few students, but I wanted to see more.  I really wanted to make a difference.  Nevertheless, some students never quite discovered the “light”.  Please, dear Heavenly Father, watch over the seeds I planted.

One of the most difficult things about teaching is the lack of closure in so many areas.  We plant; we water; we plant, and we water day after day, week after week.  And, sometimes the new growth doesn’t pop out of the soil no matter how we coax or counsel  the student.  Some things take more time than others; some students mature slower; and other students harden their hearts and refuse to grow.  

Because there are so many factors involved in growth, we must understand the Scripture listed above to keep our chins up and our hearts focused on the task at hand.  Teachers are generally seed planters; however there are times that we water where other teachers have planted.  And, there are times when we see the plant sprout and even bloom.  But we will seldom see the ripened fruit since this stage usually develops later into adulthood.  Oh yes, a few do come back to thank you and let you know how significant you were to their lives, but not very many.

Therefore, our satisfaction focuses on knowing that we were faithful to plant and to water where we were assigned. Our rewards are eternal.  Someday we will understand the importance of every seed, of every kindness, and every “extra mile” given to the student with extra needs.  But, for now, we must remain faithful to plant daily, and commit each seed to the Father’s loving care.  We must never forget that it was only “God (that) made it grow”(1 Cor. 3:6b).

DEAR GOD, Thank you for helping me through this year.  Bring growth to the good seeds I planted, and cause any destructive or negative seed I inadvertently planted to be swept away without bearing bad fruit.  I want to be a faithful servant.   I place my words and my deeds of this year at your feet.  I trust you enough to release this year's struggles and successes in your hands.  Continue to give me wisdom and strength as I enter into the summer season.  I want to trust you in all my ways.   

    

      

              

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