Wednesday and Thursday mornings I have “early duty” at school.

This means that from 7:20 until about 7:40 I stand in the cafeteria and watch high school students eat breakfast, making sure everyone is safe and obeying school rules.

While this isn’t the highlight of my life, I try to make the best of it.  I try to compliment students who have their hair fixed new ways or who are wearing outfits that look especially cute.  I try to salute the boys in ROTC uniforms.  I try to make sure the kids who pass me end up with a smile if they didn’t have one as they approached.

After all, I’m not just a teacher in this chapter of my life.

I’m a Christian teacher.

And even though I may not be able to share everything about my faith in a public school, I can share the joy of being saved by the way I present myself to the students.

I wouldn’t want them to be surprised if they visited the church I attend and saw me there.  As I was reading this morning in I Corinthians 15, I was struck by verse 58:

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable.

Always work enthusiastically for the Lord,

for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”

I thought to myself as I was reading, “Even early duty isn’t useless if I do it enthusiastically for the Lord.” 

I wonder what you are doing today that may seem useless.

I just want to encourage you with this thought:  Do whatever you are doing “for the Lord” enthusiastically and suddenly it will become the most important event ever!!!

I love you,