Friday April 25, 2014
We live on the other side of Easter, historically.
And what about Monday—the day after our Easter Sunday celebration?
Or the Tuesday after, the weeks and months after…how are we called to live?
Stay tuned for my fifth fave today, a quote that reminds me of just that.
I’m linking up today with the ladies of Friday’s Fave Five, where we recount our blessings for the week.
Won’t you join us?
My favorites for this week:
1. Books in the mail—textbooks! I’m embarking on a new educational adventure, and my texts have been arriving in the mail. Believe it or not, that’s very exciting for me!
2. Friendships among my colleagues. I have a number of friends leaving at the end of the school year, and I will miss them tremendously. They have made bumpy days smooth, made me laugh, and cried and prayed with me. Oh, how I’ll miss them. And how blessed I am that some remain; I’m beginning to value them even more.
3. The brother bond. I love how my boys love each other. When one has a question or needs some advice, he calls his brothers. They check in with each other all the time. I’m so glad they have each other. Does a mama’s heart good.
4. Students, past and present. I’m getting a little sentimental about several students these days, as they’ll be moving on to college soon. But I’m so excited to see where the Lord takes them! They have such potential and so many gifts. My past students remind me of that as, each day, I hear more about where they are and what they’re doing. I told one of my younger colleagues today, in the midst of all the stuff we teachers are not crazy about, we have to remember, we DO make a difference.
5. An after-Easter quote:
“Because of Easter, we believe that the present work God calls us to is ‘not in vain.’” (Paul David Tripp)
The Monday after Easter, I was thinking about the Monday after the first Easter.
How did Christ’s disciples feel the day after the resurrection? And did that excitement wane as the days passed by, as mine so often does?
I Corinthians 15:57-58 gives us good advice about how to live in the light of the resurrection. And one thing it reminds us of is that our work is not in vain.
That’s a good thing to remember, whether you’re a mom, a teacher, a writer, a whatever. We may look around at work that doesn’t look very glorious and wonder, but we can know that any work done for God’s glory is not in vain. We will likely not see the fruits of our labors either, but we can trust the truth of His Word and know that He will accomplish His purposes and we’re blessed to be a thread in that glorious tapestry.
Wishing you a week of purpose,