By: Gwyneth Sauceda

Colossians 1:11-12

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.


My cousin, Micki, has been a teacher for about 30 years. She has taught elementary school, middle school, and most recently, high school students. Several years ago Micki was asked to lead a new program focused on helping high school students to graduate. For these students, this was their last chance. Most teachers had already given up on them and they had given up on themselves. Starting this program would be very challenging. Micki prayed (and worried) about this new position. She finally accepted it when she felt that it was where God wanted her to be.

Over the next three years the program, led by Micki, achieved the highest graduation rate over similar programs across the U.S. The primary reason for this program’s success was Micki’s love for the students and her faith in God. Micki did more than teach – she inspired these students to always try their best. Her genuine care let them know they were accepted.

Instead of using intimidation, Micki challenged them and helped them achieve their goals by working side-by-side. She got to know them personally and worked with them to overcome obstacles in their home lives that were affecting their progress at school. Several times, Micki thought of going back to a classroom with less challenging students. Instead, she gave herself wholeheartedly to her students, even when they frustrated or annoyed her. She was genuine and they knew it.

Every morning Micki prayed for patience, openness and the energy she needed to work with these students. She put her faith in God that she would have what it took to help them.


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: What challenges at work should you be asking God to help you overcome?