When God is in the Classroom

I’ve heard it said in various ways, “They have taken God out of the classroom.” I’ve even been asked, “How can you work in a public school when you can’t share your faith with the kids?” I’ve watched teachers walk away from public education with great frustration because of politics, evaluation systems, state standards, pay, and lack of support.

If I am being honest, there are days in which I ask, “Why am I still here?”

Yet, every time I ask myself that question, I hear a soft whisper in my soul… “Because I am here.”

God is in your classroom.

From the depths of my soul, I believe that God has never, can never, and will never be removed from the classroom–even a public school classroom.  One, He is bigger than that. Besides the fact that He is omnipresent , He is the “indwelling spirit” that fills you completely.  If you are in the classroom, He is there too. And that is why we stay when it is ridiculously tough. The kids that God brings into our classrooms need us– they need Him.

You are His Hands and Feet

The greatest among you will be your servant.” Matthew 23:11

Don’t think of your inability to freely talk about Jesus as a hindrance; rather, think of it as an opportunity to let every action be seasoned with the love and service of Christ. Jesus was the greatest servant of all time. Let the image of Jesus kneeling down to wash his disciples feet fill your mind for a second.  Creator God washed creations’ feet. Dirty, dusty, yucky feet. God humbled himself and served others throughout His entire time on the earth: feeding, healing, encouraging, and raising the dead. As a follower of Christ, He asks us to serve one another humbly in love–to be his hands and feet in the world.

How many shoes have you tied? How many messes have you bent down to help clean? How many kids have you leaned down to hug? How many tears have you wiped away? How many words of encouragement have you spoken? How many hours of your free time have you given up for your kids? Every day, you give all you have for the kids–all for their greater good. When you humble yourself and serve your children–you are being the hands of feet of Jesus in the classroom. And teacher, you do it ALL the time every day.

When you serve and love your students–God is in your classroom.

He is in the actions of your hands. He is in the actions of your feet. You are His hands and feet in the classroom.

That is why you stay.

Jesus Really Loves Children

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

We may not always think highly of the children in our classroom, but Jesus certainly does. He loves them. Deeply. And God help us to think of them highly too. Because when we think highly of them, loving them becomes second nature. When we love our students, we are loving them with the love of God.

Love looks different in every moment, but it is love all the same. Love looks like you responding in patience. Love looks like you expressing  joy that your students showed up to school. Love looks like treating the kids with kindness when they deserve your wrath. Love looks like discipline all because you have high expectations for your kids–you believe in them. What?! What would your classroom look like without love!? Your students need your love–they need the One through which your love comes.

When you love your kids, God is in your classroom.

That is why you stay.

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May you know that you are not alone; you are partnered with God. Your loving actions, however small they might seem to you, make a difference in the lives of children. The things you do for your students that are as natural and thoughtless as breathing, move the heart of God. Loving and serving people is second nature to you–you are a teacher. Daily, you lay down your life for your students. You are needed. You carry the presence of God. Every day, you humble yourself. You kneel down and serve your students. Your servant-heart does not go unnoticed by the greatest servant of all. He is proud of you. He is with you. He is in your classroom. 

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310 Comments Add yours

  1. mimionlife says:

    Beautiful! I was a preschool teacher and substitute elementary school teacher. Even if I couldn’t share about my faith, I know the children were shown love and grace through my words and actions.

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    1. mrsackley says:

      That’s what it’s all about! Praise God for you!

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  2. guatmama says:

    Amen!!! Teaching is a calling!! I had cancer and a stem cell transplant and can no longer teach due to meds. I miss it like I would miss breathing!!!

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Praise God for you and your faithfulness to Him!

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  3. Molly says:

    Well-written and beautifully said. Also true. Thank you for all you do.

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Thank you for your kind words! Thank YOU for all that you do.

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  4. Al N Davis says:

    When the light of Him, who is the light of the world, shines in us, it is the brightest light in the room.

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  5. Grandma says:

    So true…teachers stay because they care about the kiddos, the love and caring they not only give…..but also receive from the job..the Kiddos!!! God is always with us.

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  6. Mary Koenig says:

    This is a tremendous comfort to me. I never realized that God was in our schools whether the politicians wanted Him there or not. Many caring , loving compassionate teachers have guided and helped children , and have made the difference for good in their lives. Thank God for them all!

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Lisa Dickinson says:

    Beautifully said!! This is why I stay….we are HIS hands and feet.

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  8. Jackie Minor says:

    Mrs. Ackley,
    Thank you for writing this! I have been saying this for YEARS! I have been in public ed for over 30 years and now more than ever Christian educators must let HIS light shine! I have just started a new ministry called “Victorious Educator”. Would love to have you check out the facebook page and website. victoriouseducator.com

    If possible, I will post this to the page! Blessings for a great year!

    Jackie

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    1. mrsackley says:

      That’s awesome!!! I will definitely check out your Facebook page, and you are more than welcome to repost.

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  9. Hershel (Dwayne) Eacret says:

    Facebook is removing your article claiming it is spam!

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    1. Karen Krusing says:

      Nope! It’s still here. 💞

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  10. Elizabeth Hoes says:

    Thank you so much for writing this. Our children need christian teachers. I used to pray that my son would have a christian teacher for the next school year. You may be the only one that some child will be around who has the love of Jesus in your heart.God bless you, lead and guide you.

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Thank you so much for the encouragement and sharing your heart!

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  11. Rebecca says:

    Thank you. I needed to hear that today as we begin a new school year. I appreciate so much that I have praying parents and grandparents and spouse but it makes me hurt that many of my students don’t have anyone praying for them. I can be that prayer warrior.

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    1. mrsackley says:

      You are so right! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Carol Miles says:

    Powerful message to all of you still in your chosen passion!! I love the thought that sometimes God doesn’t change your circumstances…He changes you…! May this be one of the best years. God bless you all!!

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Thank you for your wisdom! May the Lord bless you as well.

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  13. hannah says:

    So, let me get this straight… You yearn for a PUBLIC school system that allows educators to teach and share their Christian ideals completely unwarranted, whether the childrens’ parents and/or children want it or not. So, if a teacher was Muslim, would you still fight for this cause if they wanted to share the teachings of the Quran with their students? If a public school teacher was Jewish, would you be alright with them reciting the Torah and lighting candles on the Sabbath? If a public school teacher was Buddhist, would you be alright with them teaching the tradition and sacredness of Mandalic meditation? Your demands in this article are close-minded and do not take into account the fact that there are other religions and beliefs besides those associated with Christianity. Religion has absolutely no business being engrained in public school education – that is what private schools are. Please keep in mind that everyone doesn’t want to be Christian and trying to carry out your Christian-centric agenda upon young, impressionable minds in a public school setting is, frankly, sick.

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Hey Hannah! I totally agree that pushing any religion on anyone is not okay— especially children. This blog talks about a non-verbal way of loving and serving kids with the unconditional, servant-minded, patient, extravagant love in which God has first loved us. I absolutely respect you if you do not agree/believe similarly. May you be blessed abundantly by my Lord, my friend. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  14. Mimi says:

    Loved this article… very well put. Thank God for Christian teachers!!!

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

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  15. This was a great read for me today. I have a new classroom this year in special education because God brought me too it. I’ve been crazy anxious about it because of the lesson planning and new paper work. But I really need to remember that it’s really not about all of that. God will help me with the details when it comes to that. I just need to be aware of His leading during the day and love the children to the best of my ability and pray that Jesus’ light will shine through me. Thank you for writing this.

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Thank you for loving kids with the love of God! 🙂 May you have a blessed year.

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  16. Reblogged this on The Heiress Diaries and commented:
    Coming into the classroom for the first time ever this year, I needed to read this. It encouraged me and blessed me so much & calmed some of the anxiety I’ve been feeling. What a great GOD we serve! Hallelujah! ❤️

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    1. mrsackley says:

      I’m so glad God used it to encourage you! May you have a blessed school year.

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  17. Sydney S. says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I recently went and saw the movie ” Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and this is what Mr. Rogers was doing for children without actually preaching the name of Jesus.

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  18. Shelly says:

    Amen. It’s a calling and it’s my passion to serve and build relationships with all of my students not just for one year but for life!!

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    1. mrsackley says:

      That’s awesome! It’s all about building relationships.

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  19. Kay says:

    Amazing article from the heart of our Lord. You serve a greater purpose than you know.

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Thank you for your kind words!

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  20. Janet says:

    Thank you so much for your blog. It was much needed food for my soul. I’m starting my 27 year as a public school teacher in a large urban district that brings many, many challenges. Last year was my most trying year ever as a teacher for many reasons and never had I felt so alone and worthless in my profession. Your points have hit a mark I desperately needed to be reminded of and will serve to bolster me in the challenging moments ahead as I prepare to embark on a new year. God Bless You.

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    1. mrsackley says:

      I’m so thankful to hear that God used these words to encourage and strengthen you. He loves you so much. Thank you for all that you do!

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  21. JINETT says:

    Dear Mrs. Ackley,
    Thank you for your words of wisdom! Yes 28 years of teaching has been my passion and calling all to His glory! Building Kingdom connections and relationships for a successful future!
    Blessings,
    Jinett

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    1. mrsackley says:

      Jinett, thank you so much for your encouragement and kindness. I could not agree more.

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