Today I am looking forward to spending time writing messages for the new church year. Planning the themes and topics to be covered is super fun. I start to feel my juices flowing as ideas begin to scrawl across the computer screen. One spark creates another flash of inspiration, and soon I am aglow and on fire as my fingers speed on the keyboard trying to keep up with my swirling thoughts. I wish everyone had some work or project that would inspire in them passion.
In our Scripture this morning, the word eager is a Greek compound word and translates “on heat.” Today we might say, Paul was “on fire” to preach. Sadly as the school year is about to begin, I hear much moaning and groaning from my teacher friends, and I felt sad for them as well as their new students. Very few sounded eager for the school year to begin. Last week I watched a movie entitled Won’t Back Down in which two headstrong mothers (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis) struggled to save their children’s troubled inner-city school. They were passionate about getting the best education they could for their children. “They were “on fire.” My prayer for the new school year is that on the first day of school, our wonderful teachers will be set “on fire” as they gaze into the eyes of eager new learners. Bureaucracy and a mound of needless paperwork can weigh down the most devoted teacher, but let’s join together in prayer that deep within the heart of each educator, the passion for teaching will start to flow once again. We desperately need “on fire” teachers. Oh, Lord, let it be so!
Praying for teachers and students everywhere,