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I started working at my new school in early August and I absolutely love my job. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I love this school so much and it hit me—“The Wildcat Ways”. Our mascot is the wildcat and we operate under four principles: respect, responsibility, readiness, and safety. These four principles are called “The Wildcat Ways”. During the first few weeks of school, I spent an extensive amount of time modeling and practicing these principles with my students.
I love the principles because they invite structure and they hold students accountable for their actions. I thought students had mastered “The Wildcat Ways” until they had a bad day. I found myself reprimanding them and helping them realize the wrong they had done. I was so hard on them for not following the “Ways”. I screamed, yelled and fussed for about 30 minutes until I had an ‘Aha moment‘. I thought about how many times I had strayed away from the principles that God had instilled in me. I thought about the many times I have to be reminded of scriptures and the Word of God.
How could I be so hard on them for being kids and messing up when God has not been hard on me for messing up over and over? God has let His expectations be known and sometimes I still don’t do what’s right. You know what God does? He puts me back on the right path.
When I am not respectful to His will…God reminds me that, “If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13 NLT)
When I am not being responsible and accountable for knowing the Word and how I am supposed to live…I am reminded that I am to study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2: 15 KJV)
When I am not ready for my assignment or for the next season in my life…God reminds me, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
When I am out of the Will of God, not practicing safety, or not guarding my heart…He reminds me that He is my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence. “I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies. (2 Samuel 22: 3-4 NASB)
The next time I am ready to throw a tantrum because my students are not actively engaging in “The Wildcat Ways,” I am going to remember that I don’t always do everything I am supposed to do and my Daddy always forgives me and lets me start anew.
Thank You for being an understanding God. Thank You for protecting me when I wasn’t being respectful, responsible, ready or safe in Your will for my life. Continue to mold me into the woman of God that You will have me to be. Daddy, I need You to continue to guide my thoughts, words and actions when other people don’t do Your will. Teach me to love with an agape love, the same as You love me! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to remember to be respectful to God in everything that you do. I EMPOWER you to be responsible and accountable for living in the Will of God. Always be ready for what God has for you and be ready for attacks from the enemy. Learn to be patient when people are not operating in excellence and remember that God forgives you, so you need to forgive them.
What are four principles you are maintaining today? When was the last time God had to remind you about being patient when people are not operating in excellence?
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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”