Make the Days Count: Encouragement for the Last Weeks of School


Dear Teacher,

I know you’re tired. You’re stressed. You’ve had it up to here.

Your to-do list is a mile long.

And summer is so close you can taste it.

But in the midst of all the chaos and anticipation, I want to encourage you to do one thing:

Remember why you’re here.

Don't coun the days. Make the days count.

You want to make a difference.

You want to help kids.

So pause a moment, look around, and see the child who’s scared about an upcoming test.

See the teen who made a big mistake and needs guidance to get back on the right track.

Put aside your grading, your lesson plans, and your paperwork and take a moment to do what really matters.

What Will Matter?

In a few short weeks (maybe even days) when you’re lying by the pool soaking up the sun, what will you remember?

Will you have simply gotten all your work done and washed your hands of the place?

Or will you have taken every opportunity to impact the lives of your students?

Because here’s the truth. This time, right now at the end of the year. This time can be the most valuable.

This time –  right now at the end of the year – can be the most valuable.

You know these kids. You’ve invested in their lives. You’ve built relationships.

And while they may be driving you up a wall, you are likely more able to speak into their lives now than you ever were before.

I know you’re tired. And no one would blame you for putting you head down and just surviving.

But don’t you want to do more than just survive?

These kids – the ones you’ve poured your life into for the past 8 months – you may never see some of them again.

You may never get another chance to inspire them, believe in them, guide them, or counsel them.

This is your chance.

This is your moment.

So take a breath, pray for strength, and make it count.

Summer will be here. It will be here very soon.

And while we all enjoy that countdown on the wall, don’t let counting the days consume you.

Don’t just count the days.

Make the days count.

Each one.

Starting with today.

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Linda Kardamis

I believe that when God calls us to teach, He promises the strength & wisdom to do it well. All we need to do is keep learning, growing, and depending on Him. I'm here to provide practical advice and Biblical encouragement so you'll have the confidence and perspective to not only inspire your students but reach their hearts as well.

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