Part three of three:  Choice School
Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33
I love children. I love teaching. I do not love the sin that has shattered families and traumatized children too young to lose their innocence. I do not like conditions that make survival the sole focus of human beings. My heart pleads for children who daily seem to be choosing between fight and flight. I love my Savior and want all children to know and love him also.
Each day I unlock the classroom with a prayer that today God would use my words to strengthen and lead precious children to him. The day provides so many opportunities, but as I close the door at the end of the day and walk away, I know there is so much more to do. The struggle to survive, to exist, to be someone is surrounding my students. The devil often uses these struggles to keep them from hearing what I want to share. I know that knowing and trusting in Jesus as their Savior will not give them all they need in life, but it will give them all they need for eternity and a new zeal to live for Jesus here.
What a blessing that we know each day we can take our troubles to the Lord in prayer! What a blessing that we trust God to give us the perfect answer to each prayer! But do we often become so consumed with the troubles and difficulties of this world we forget about the Creator and Sustainer? Do we cast God aside with the perfect answers and fumble around seeking our own solutions? Daily we need to turn to our Heavenly Father, let go of our attempts in finding solutions, and say, “You’ve got this God. I’m trusting you. Use me.”
And God will work through us.  We are his ambassadors. We do not need to fret and worry about what to do. Sharing the Word should not be a struggle.  Do not run away from sharing because you fear you are not doing it right. The Holy Spirit will use your message. Do not ask how. Do not ask when. The privilege of sharing is ours. The powerful work is God’s. Be filled with joy because you have the privilege of sharing the wonderful message someone shared with you. Christ’s love compels us. To God be the glory!
Prayer:  Heavenly Father, fill me with courage and joy as I share the precious message of Jesus my Savior with others.  Do not let me procrastinate over the how or when. The time is now. Also do not let the devil ensnare my own life with worrying about trouble and disaster. Instead help me to place all things in your care. In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.
Anna Bartsch