We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
As we begin another school year, how do we ‘get our head right’ so that we approach the year with anticipation rather than boredom or dread? One answer is perspective. We are doing God’s work, so it’s not all up to us. We do our bit – God does the rest. I have found that a liberating notion. It is also liberating if, like me, you are a ‘recovering perfectionist’. No need to stress!
Ultimately, it gets down to our relationships with young people. We are educators because we love ministering to young people. We are also privileged to write a line or two of a letter on the hearts of young people ‘not with ink, but by the spirit of the living God’. May that ‘fire you up’! Such enthusiasm will touch the hearts of the young people entrusted to our care – and maybe help them glimpse more of the good in themselves which comes from the source of all good, God.
Wishing each of you a blessed 2014!