Not many people know stress like teachers do. There is always so much to do & no time to do it. Plus, we’re literally responsible for dozens of lives all day long – and not just keeping them from bodily harm (which would be hard enough) but actually making sure they learn something. And not just something but a lot of somethings. And not just math and English but good character too.
Add to the already daunting task the challenges of unmotivated kids and disengaged parents (or, possibly worse, helicopter parents), the pressure of assessments, and the responsibility to care for your own family and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a good old panic attack.
But while stress is common in the teaching profession, that doesn’t mean that it should be – especially amongst Christian teachers.
Let’s stop a moment and consider some truths that will help us stop stressing and get back to trusting Him through the challenges.
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5 Truths to keep you from STRESSING OUT
- You can’t do it on your own.
You may be facing a task that seems impossible, something that you don’t think you can do. But that’s just it – you can’t. When we’re relying on our own strength, our own ability to figure it out, our own stamina to keep trying, we’re missing the whole point. God doesn’t want us to figure it out on our own. He wants us to realize how much we desperately need Him.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. - John 15:5
- God is willing & able to move on our behalf.
Once we realize we can’t do it alone & we turn to God for help, then we can expect to see Him move. He may or may not do exactly what we expect. (He can see the full picture, after all, and often has a much better plan than ours.) But He will not leave us helpless if we confess our inadequacy and call out to Him. You can expect Him to show up and to do something through you that you never could have done on your own.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21
- Fear & panic do not come from God.
When we’re starting to stress out, whether it be from the size of our to-do list or the fear of the situation we’re facing, we must realize that fear is not from God.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. - 2 Timothy 1:7
So let me ask you – if they don’t come from God, where do they come from? They come when we forget the truth – that God loves us, that God has placed us in this situation for a reason, that He is more than able to work in this situation, and that His plan is more important than our own.
When the fear starts to arise, we must return to these truths – remember who God is and choose to trust His plan. As we realign our thoughts & turn our fear over to Him, His peace is able to fill our hearts.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. - Colossians 3:15
- God has a reason for this challenge.
How many times have we wished we didn’t have to speak to a certain parent, hoped that so-and-so would just be absent today, or imagined how amazing it would be to snap our fingers & see our to-do list magically completed?
But we must remember that God has a reason for the challenges He brings our way. He may have a Divine appointment for us in the midst of a sticky situation. There may be someone we can speak to but only if He gets us out of our comfort zone.
Or maybe He simply wants to help us grow – to teach us something through the challenge, to push us to a level we didn’t think we were capable of. To get us to the point where we look back & can’t believe how far He has brought us.
So we will praise His name and bring Him glory.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. - Romans 8:28-29
For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. - Philippians 2:13
- A moment of prayer can do wonders for your state of mind.
So next time you’re stressed, panicked, or afraid, stop and remember these truths. But, most importantly, stop to pray. And while a quick SOS can certainly help, try instead to pause, breathe, and take a minute to truly connect with Him. Cry out for His help and pause to realign your thoughts and let His peace fill your heart.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7
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This is the BEST teaching advice that I’ve read in a long, long time. Thank you for your perspective. May God’s peace be ever in your heart, as well.
This is great thank you!
It’s a very practical way to reintroduce spirituality while working and reconnecting with Him.
I’m a Muslim teacher and I find your work so amazing! I have introduced so many of your ideas in my teaching because our God is one and the same and there is no God but Him..
Thank you so much x
In all love and humility, the God of Christianity and the god Islam are not the same god.
Day one is tomorrow and I’m so glad I read this post to get my perspective correctly aligned on Him! Thank you for your post!
Thank you so much for sharing truths from His Word! I just found out that I am moving from fourth grade to kindergarten in less than 2 weeks! I have been feeling so much stress these last few days! I had spent most of the summer preparing for fourth grade. So thank you again! God bless you as you continue to do His Work…
This was a beautiful message. Thank you for the reminder❤️
Amazing.Glory to God
Perfect timing. My meeting yesterday left me extremely stressed out. I had forgotten to do number 5 before the meeting.
Thank you so much for this reminder! I need to remember that God is in control, and these are his children.
Out of ALL the emails I’ve received from you, THIS by far is THE BEST!! Thank you for this beautiful reminder! I just had a really stressful day yesterday, cried and prayed all the way home. And these truths that you shared are right on time—THANKS!!
I love number 4. I am beginning the year with a very challenging student whose reputation precedes him. I have been thinking that God has him in my room for a reason and that maybe I will be able to help him make positive changes. Reading this helps me remember that this situation can also be used to strengthen and grow me as well.
Precious message.Thank you!
Thank you for this message and the scripture to back it up. I was having a very stressful day at school and after reading this message, I realized I was fearing some situations that are out of my control and causing me stress and bitterness. I gave it to God in prayer and am able to move on.
God bless 🙂
Thank you for allowing God to use you ! It is helping me to remember that my job is a form of missions. There will be battles but I need to depend on God for help.
Thank you very much for reminding me of these things that I so easily forget in times of stress. This is an especially difficult year for me, so I will be re-reading your advice often and relying on God’s strength always.
This is just what I needed to hear right now. It wasn’t anything new but I had forgotten it… God is so much bigger than all these problems we face! Thank you so very much, Linda, for this much needed encouragement! God bless you for sharing.
I am surely blessed.with these thoughts.
I am so grateful for your support and reminders that it is God who chooses our path. I needed this reminder!! I love seeing how your incorporate scripture to help teachers remember to allow God to work in our hearts and minds so we can be the best we can be for our students in His glory!!
Thank you for remind me as a Christian teacher. Sometime, panic or stress out makes you forgot everything. Because all you’ve been thinking is the problem. But this article reminds me to stay focus and believe.