w. It has been one crazy, busy, amazing, stressful, and unforgettable ride since August. Most of you know that’s when I started teaching preschool and kindergarten at our (new!) Christian Day School here in Sleepy Eye. I think I’ve learned as much as my students have, but unfortunately, I’m a slow learner and have had very little time for writing here.
I’ve still been writing though. Twice a month, I write a “Christian Education” article for our church bulletin, and these articles are based on devotions we have each day at school. It just occurred to me that none of us, school-aged through old age, ever stop learning from God’s Word. So I decided to share some of my Christian Education articles here in the hopes that they will offer a bit of encouragement for your day. Devotion is easily my favorite part of the school day because nothing refreshes like time in the Word with my Savior. I pray these little glimpses into our devotion time bless you as well.
What would you pack if you were going on a trip?
This was the question Pastor Mayhew asked at devotion recently. Some answers he received were: My dad, a friend, a blanket, a basketball, a fan, an MP4 player, a tablet, and stuffed animals. What about you? What would you pack? My packing list always includes things like my phone, camera, medicine, and books to read. These are my “must haves.”
Now, what if instead of a trip, you were running a marathon? Suddenly, things change. “Must haves” take on new meaning. A marathon runner doesn’t want to take anything that is not absolutely necessary to finishing the race. Carrying a lot of extra stuff would weigh him down, wear him out, and maybe even prevent him from finishing the race at all.
The students could understand how silly it would be to try and run a long distance with a blanket around their shoulders or a basketball in their arms. Even the youngest child understands that when you want to run fast, you drop everything and go.
As Christians, we are running a race. The race of faith. The devil, the world, and even our own flesh often try to weigh us down with temptations and sin so that we will become discouraged, worn out, and in danger of quitting. But Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us how to finish strong:
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
When Jesus rose on Easter Sunday, He opened the gates of heaven for us. Our goal is to drop everything we don’t need and run the race of faith, keeping our eyes on Jesus. Best of all, we can pack light, because Jesus is all we need to obtain victory.