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The car turns to the side of the road, tires dragging. The dad hurries out to get the spare tire in the back, hoping that it wouldn’t take too long. He feels the eyes of his children and wife watching his every move. He looks up to see his princess smiling at him. She wears her tiara that matches her ballerina costume for the recital.

“Just need a little more pressure,” he whispers under his breath. When the new tire pops in, he breathes a sigh of relief. He leaves the old tire in the trunk, walks back into the driver’s seat, and smiles at his family. “Let’s go!”

Teachers, Faculty. How often do you put on a smile to make sure your fellow teachers don’t see what’s really going on? How often do you feel pressured with the standards and expectations of the work field? How often do you go to work with your mind filled, heart heavy, and spirit restless? How often do you miss feeling passionate for what you do?

The school year just started, and the challenges faced were just the beginning. Every school year has its ups and down, the memories to be treasured and those you would want to throw away. But through it all, remember that every season has something to teach you.

If you’re reading this far into this week’s encouragement, I just want to say that life isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean you’re doing bad. Sometimes it’s actually when you’re doing good and planting seeds when life will throw some dirt at you. But just remember that when you feel covered in dirt, that’s the best time for the seeds to set roots and grow. Pressure isn’t so bad. It’ll expose your strength and your need for help. It’ll expose your real intentions and your room for improvement. And above all, it’ll show how you need Someone greater than you.

Tires become stronger when more pressure is applied. Seeds grow better when buried in good soil. As my dad reminds me, “when there’s more pressure, it’s my pleasure.” The more pressuring life is, the more room to grow in faith and strength. And you will thrive when you find the pleasure in pressure. Let us thrive through these pressuring times, together.

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)



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