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Perseverance: A Guiding Light for Educators and Students

In the world of education, the journey of perseverance finds significant inspiration in Biblical principles. As educators navigate the challenges of their profession with unwavering determination, they draw strength from the guiding light of faith, highlighting the love of Jesus Christ. Through the lens of Scripture, educators find solace and encouragement to press on, even in moments of weariness and worry, knowing that Jesus stands beside them, guiding their path and renewing their strength.

It’s the end of February – a month that can seem long, cold, and dark. Spring is around the corner and will provide an extra amount of energy to continue to the end of the school year. Look around you. There are people who cheerlead you, support you, and help ensure that your “Gospel Light” is always shining!

Dive into His Word, such as Isaiah 40:31, for reminders of the promise of God’s love and support: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” This assurance serves as a beacon of hope, reminding educators that their perseverance is not in vain but is sustained by the power and grace of God. With faith as your foundation, may you find the courage to press forward, trusting in the promise of renewal and strength.

Moreover, Jesus Christ himself serves as a model of perseverance in ministry. Despite facing immense challenges and opposition, Jesus remained steadfast in His mission, tirelessly ministering to the needs of others with compassion and love – just as you do each day in your classroom. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus offers words of comfort to those who are weary and burdened, saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” These words resonate deeply with educators, reminding them that they do not carry the weight of their responsibilities alone but are supported by the presence and strength of Christ. Cling to the presence and strength that Christ shares with you! Look to Him each moment of the day!

Furthermore, the Biblical concept of perseverance in ministry is rooted in a deep sense of calling and purpose. You know that God has called you to be in your school, your classroom, and with the students you teach. In Galatians 6:9, educators are encouraged to “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” This verse serves as a reminder that the work of educating and nurturing young minds is not merely a job, but a special calling. Even in moments of exhaustion and busyness, educators are encouraged to persevere, knowing that their efforts are making an eternal impact in the lives of children and families.

In conclusion, the journey of perseverance in education is deeply intertwined with Biblical principles of faith, hope, and endurance. As an educator in a Lutheran school, you model much for your students. As you draw strength from the promises of Scripture and the example of Jesus Christ, may you find renewed courage to press forward, even in the face of challenges and adversity, winter and cold. With Jesus standing beside you, guiding your path and renewing your strength, may you be empowered to continue your ministry with passion, purpose, and perseverance, knowing that your work is done for service to God and others.

Remember – Easter is just around the corner, and that’s a reason to celebrate!

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Dr. Drew Gerdes currently serves as Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.