As my life feels up with meetings, lessons, games, and so much more, I have to remember that I have to take time for myself and my family. My husband just told me the other night that I need to learn a two letter word "N-O". I have gotten better than I use to be, but I still have trouble telling people no. I don't want to let anyone down. This verse helps me remember the importance of what I commit to:
When I get asked to do something now, I typically say I will get back with you after I pray about it and talk to my husband. This gives me time to think and pray about it to see if it is God's Will. I truly believe that we can get into things that aren't God's Will by being to quick to give a response. When we do get in these things, we aren't able to be the best we can.
There are so many duties of a teacher, and we have to know our limits. There are some things that have to be established such as the student's learning, our professional development, etc. However, there are some things that aren't mandatory like cooking snacks for the class, decorating our classrooms to look cute, having our students do crafts, or coaching a sport. These are all great and all, but only if done for the right reason.
If we commit to something and can't give it 110%, then I don't think it was meant for us to do. The Lord will help us with things that he has planned for our lives, but first we have to ask for his direction and then seek his guidance in helping us accomplish it. This not only allows us to have a sense of peace, but it also helps us accomplish great things.
I pray that you are able to learn the "two-letter word, N-O". I pray that you seek God's will before agreeing to extra activities this year. I pray that you put Christ first in all your duties. I pray that when times get rough that you seek God's guidance, because He is the answer to all of our problems.