Take God With You | Sermon Notes
Today, Let’s talk about TAKING GOD WITH US TO SCHOOL.
I know that some of you are not teachers, you are older and you have no kids going to school. Truth is you probably have grandkids going to school. You have friends’ kids going to school.
We need you to pray! We need you to stand in the gap spiritually and lift up these people who are daily going into this environment. They are vulnerable and susceptible to spiritual attacks and difficulty of our modern day education system.
This weekend has such mixed emotions. Some parents are sad. Some are excited. Some kids are sad. Some are excited. Many different elements are in the mix this weekend.
There is nothing like school to strike a fear in the heart of person. Heading to the classroom…do you look good? Are you prepared? What will others think of you? Will you do a good job….and I’m talking about the teachers point of view!!!
However, kids have the same perspective.
I went to Buda Elementary. Back then there was only 2 elementary schools in the Hays District. I was up at the old original campus. I can remember so many details about Kindergarten. I hated it! I wanted to be at home. I would fake ear aches whatever it took to get to stay home. Mrs. Shelton would always put us down for a nap after lunch. Oh yeah, we had naptime in Kindergarten. She make us all lay down on our mats and then put on a Ronnie Milsap record. We would all fight going to sleep but when we heard: “I wouldn’t have missed for it for the world…Wouldn’t have missed lovin you girl.”
Every September, I distinctly remember getting new clothes, haircut, shoes, school supplies. I hated going to school, but there was this little cool part about getting new things. Excited about new pencils. Picking out a trapper keeper with He-Man or Harlem Globetrotters. I had a metal PacMan lunchbox. You could use that thing as a weapon! I always had to have my hair just right.
As I grew older, nothing really changed. I still took my style very serious. Here I am with my sister. It was GAMETIME right here. Look at those expressions. We were ready to conquer high school right here. She was two years old than me so she would drive me to school in her ’92 dodge shadow. Check out the double belts! I would approach the name brand clothes. These were z cavaricci knock-offs. My mom was not about to spring for the real deal. We didn’t shop at the mall. We were too thrifty for that. We would hit Mervyn’s and SoloServe.
So many good memories at school. But at the same time so many heartbreaks at school.
You could have your wardrobe just right. You could have your hair and shoes just right, wake up the first morning of school, look in the mirror and have a pimple on your nose and immediately you were mortified.
I will never forget the first day of 6th grade PE. We were all sitting in the bleachers at Dahlstrom Middle School. Boys on one side of the gym. Girls on other side of gym. This was the first year we were divided into two different PE groups. They were calling roll for the class and they never called my name. Then, I was listening to the girls PE coach calling roll for the girls and I heard her call my name…Robin Steele. When she did all the girls started laughing! The boys heard too and everyone was laughing.
School can be so harsh. Your hormones are going crazy. You are getting used to changes in your body. You are becoming interested in boys and girls in a “butterflies in your stomach” sort of a way.
Expectations for your grades. Homework. Projects. Tests. College prep. Athletics. Band. Drama.
Parents = your babies are gone for the whole day! They are being influenced by kids that have no clue. They are being taught by teachers that don’t have your values or world view. They are outside of your control. Your connection with them is now reduced to a few minutes in the morning a couple hours in the evening.
Teachers! You are working extremely hard and not paid near enough. You are responsible for students that have disengaged parents, no values, no discipline. You are expected to pull off a miracle and have your class do flawless on the STAAR test. You are evaluated on results that you don’t have full control over.
Research shows that Teaching is in the top 3 of occupations that causes greater than normal stress. Wow!
SCHOOL is so HARD!
Going back to school is sort of a microcosm of life. Going back to school is a test. It is an environment. An opportunity.
But, what if we Took God With Us!
Thankfully though, no matter who you are, no matter where you are, if you are starting Kindergarten or moving up into Junior High or High School, Heading off to College, teaching a new age level, promoted to a different position or a parent/grandparent, excited, stressed, anxious about the next chapter in your child or young adults life…..the GOOD NEWS is that you can Take God With You into this new chapter of your life. He is with you, for you and goes ahead of you!
Deuteronomy 21:8 Do not be afraid (or anxious), for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you, he will never fail you nor abandon you.
Man that is good news. No matter who you are here today, no matter where you are going this week. Take God with you! He goes before you, he will never fail you nor abandon you, amen!
So, what does it mean to Take God with Me?
Mathew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost it’s flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless 14 You are the light of the world, like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts in under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
God goes with me because:
I AM THE SALT
Mathew 5: 13 You are the Salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost it’s flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
Salt changes the flavor of things. Are you focused on blending in at school or in the office or CHANGING things. Faith without works, walk in your Faith. Trusting that God is with you.
The world wants to divide us, to tear us down, to convince us that our financial status, how we dress, who we are or aren’t friends with matters. So, Bring God with you. Be a friend to those without, build people up versus tearing them down. Stand with and up for those that won’t or cant stand up for themselves. Stand with those standing alone. Encouraging others versus discouraging others. Change the flavor!
I AM THE LIGHT
Jesus said, “…You are the light of the world”
Everything we see in the media, on the news, on social media wants to create in us fear, anxiety. Be a light in and through the darkness.
Galatians 5:22 …but the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. There is no law against such things.
There are so many opportunities, each and ever day for you to be a reflection of Jesus. So much stress, anxiety, fear in this world yet you have the ability to be salty, to shine a light so bright that the whole world sees. You have the ability to be the example that you want others to see, God with you! Not just in words but active in your life. When those around you are dividing and tearing things apart you show kindness, gentleness, peace, patience and love.
When those around you are telling you: it’s just a few drinks, it’s just sex, it’s no big deal, just take a hit, what’s the worst that can happen, it’s not big deal to cheat on that test, just don’t get caught, do you know where he/she lives, we cant be seen with them.
You remind them whose you are and that alcohol could never make you feel the way HE Does. Sex can’t give you what HE can give you, drugs will never get you as high as His Holy Spirit, you don’t need to cheat because if God called you to it He will bring you through it, it doesn’t matter where he or she lives or is from because we are all God’s children. Son’s and daughters of the most high God and God is no respecter of Man. We are all loved alike and the same and perfectly. You show self control, faithfulness, strength, courage.
I AM THE REFUGE
…like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts in under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
A city on a hilltop was a place of refuge for weary travelers in the night. Outside of the city was danger: robber, animals, no water. Inside the city was safety, protection, provision, fresh water, food.
When travelers looked up and saw the cluster of lights on the top of the city, they knew where they could find respite and refuge!
God is calling us to be that safe place for people.
Wherever you go this week, Take God with you!