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Some people think that teachers have it easy because they don’t have to work a full year. Although it is true that school is in session for only ten months, it feels like thirteen months of work. By the time summer rolls around, most educators are crawling to the finish line and looking forward to a season of extended rest and refreshment. The joys and demands of caring for students and their families is a privileged opportunity. Being in education is a wonderful adventure, but it certainly can take its toll. The concept of burnout is a perennial issue among educators. The Bible speaks at length about the essential role of rest as a regular expression of the people of God (Ex. 20:8-11; 31:10-17; 33:12; Ps. 37:7; Matt. 6:25-34; 11:28, Heb. 4:3-11) for both their joy and God’s glory. There are certainly ways for our teachers to discipline their hearts and bodies for sustainable ministry during the school year, but that is for another post. We are in the summer months now (Eccl. 3:1), so here are some helpful tips for my beloved educators on how to invest well in a restful, healthy summer.
Remember the Lies of Summer
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Summer is great, but it does not give you anything that you don’t already have in Christ. The exaggerated promise that summer is going to rebuild that which is broken down at the end of a long school year always underdelivers. Those overdue projects that the summer will provide resources and time to accomplish, the gift of solitude and uninterrupted time, and the adventure of travel to enlighten the soul are just a few of the half-truths of the summer. There are certainly extended opportunities to enjoy a different pace and to catch up on some projects, but the summer does not...
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