August 21, 2018

Years ago I remember watching a survival show and being in awe of all the stunts the host would perform. Then my dad told me that it was staged. It was fake! The guy might have been an outdoorsman, but he also had trick camera shots and stunt doubles. The TV show didn’t keep it real with authentic situations. How often do we do this, too? In our third installment of the sermon series, “You’re Blessed”, Pastor Selena mentioned how our society alters reality so often; a declaration then must be made distinguishing whether it is real or has no filter on it. She challenged us with the scripture focus from Matthew 5:7-8- beatitudes, “We keep it real when we care about the inside more than the out.”

One of the most common pieces of advice I’ve been given as a teacher is to be real, because kids know when you’re faking it. This wisdom paired with countless hours scrolling on social media viewing the perfect classrooms which look nothing like my own, created quite a burden for me. There were times I found myself comparing my situation and contrasting it with someone else’s highlighted, filtered social media post. Funny thing, I sometimes recreate to my students what the survival show host did to me as an audience member: restrain authenticity.

Prayerfully, I had to give my inward competition to the Lord. I was draining myself trying be what I saw on the screen rather than in the mirror.

My most successful teaching moments have been when I’m being who God created me to be. That’s why the beatitudes of being merciful and pure were so refreshing to hear this morning at church. I don’t have to worry about my bulletin board or lesson plans. I need to show mercy to those kids God has put on my roster. I need to be living out Psalm 119:9, “...being in the Word!” The Bible continually reminds me how I am blessed. How I can show mercy? How I can have my heart transformed to be pure? The more I read this, the more I can live it out for my students and further the Kingdom.

I am blessed, because Jesus showed me mercy, so I can exemplify that forgiveness to others. I am blessed, because even though as a human I am a sinner with an impure heart, God can make it pure. I am blessed, because God is my God, and He wants me to serve Him by me keeping it real.

Selena Freeman - August 19, 2018

Keeping It Real

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Morgan Weatherly

Morgan is a 5th grade school teacher who is passionate about people, reading, writing, and sprinkles on her ice cream. When she's not teaching, Morgan loves spending time with loved ones, learning about new things, and worshipping her King at church or in the car.

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