Blessing is necessary…

“Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them….”

If we are oriented toward Christ, we understand that He is always blessing offerings and ‘feeding’ multitudes.   We understand that teaching is our offering, it is what we offer to God, our colleagues, our students and our communities.  We also understand that we must do more than offer, we must first ask for our offerings to be blessed.  We are all like the little boy with the five loaves and two fishes…

We realize that our offerings are so small they need God’s blessing.

We trust that God will take our offerings, bless them and multiply them.

We offer the little that we have spontaneously in an outpouring of our love for God and others.

We are thankful that God accepts and blesses and multiples beyond our greatest hopes and expectations.

We let go of our offerings and let God.

We keep offering and we keep asking and we keep thanking.

May God bless all of the offerings happening in classrooms today and this year!

4 responses

  1. Blessing is absolutely necessary. Thank you so much for the insight and the challenge. I also think it is worth thinking about the fact that Jesus took the offering and he “broke” it. I believe that part of our preparation for ministry and service is the way that God chooses (and it varies in so many ways) to “break” each and every one of us. Sometimes the breaking feels difficult and painful but it puts us in a position of dependency and weakness. The Hebrew word in the scriptural admonition to “be still” and know that I am God carries the meaning of becoming “weak” and surrendering our desire for control and power.
    Blessings on all who begin this awesome experience of teaching in this upcoming year.

    • Thank you, Paul, for reading and sharing your thoughts on brokenness. I wholeheartedly agree with you. I was just thinking this morning as I was driving to campus that I am beyond thinking that I offer anything to God from a position of strength. I am more and more convinced, as I am broken and shaken again and again, that I only offer weakness. Knowing I offer weakness makes it easier for me to let go and let God manifest His strength. I hope all is well with you and my good friends and colleagues at your school. God bless your day and year.

  2. Hi Dr. Franklin,

    This post certainly re- oriented my perspective. I find that it can be overwhelming to think of one day being a teacher, and all the ‘what ifs’ that go along with that. However, after reading this post I realized that my insecurities stem from the fact that I am forgetting that what I can offer and do is broken, and that only God can make it whole. I especially appreciated when you said, “We keep offering and we keep asking and we keep thanking”. This is such a good reminder to continually ask God to bless what we do, and to continually be thankful that He does bless us, and that He is faithful. As an education student, it is my prayer that I remember to always offer to God, to ask him to bless it, and to be thankful to Him throughout my journey as a student and as I eventually enter the profession.

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