This will be going up on one of the 4 walls of my classroom!! This will be my personal and professional anthem this school year. Soon after I thought that to myself, I said a quick prayer for God to help me to be this person so that I can help cultivate a group of young people who, too, do this.
This upcoming school year will be my 6th year teaching! Time is a weird thing. It feels so slow and so fast all at the same time. Some days during the school year will. not. end. There are like 37.8 hours in one day in school year at times! And then other days fly by and you wish you could replay them because the kids made you laugh all day or the lesson went well or whatever it is.
If you would have asked me last year at this time what I would be doing at this point in 2017, being excited and preparing for the upcoming school year would not have come to mind. I didn’t think I wanted to do it after year 5. But somewhere in the midst of giving everything I had to these sweet babes thinking that it would be my final lap, I fell back in love. I fell in love with the challenge of going up against myself and staying in that place. I would wrestle no one else. Just myself. I would be the best version of the teacher standing in front of my kids.
And in thinking about, I am reminded about a sermon Pastor Steven Furtick gave called “Don’t Stop on Six.” And he references the walls of Jericho tumbling down after they’d marched around the city the 7th time. Don’t stop on six.
This month, conveniently the 6th month of the year, has been the most stressful month I think I’ve had in the last several years as an adult. It has been one hurdle after another. Nothing life altering, but one of those one step forward, two steps back kinds of months. But for some reason, I keep hearing, “Don’t stop on six.”
The number 7 represents completeness. Moving to a new place in the 7th month of the year, figuring out what direction to go with my 7 year old car, and hopefully new insight and direction with teaching this year and what implications it’ll have for year 7 because I feel that the weight of it is heavy and meaningful this year in particular (all in a good way).
So in this season, I want to focus on the lessons that can be learned during lap 6 that I can take with me in the future. And when I it all comes full circle on lap 7, I can move forward knowing that my experiences can be used to empower others, specifically my students.
“Six is my number…Seven is His.” -Pastor Steven Furtick