Today's devotion is dedicated to all my students who will be taking the Alabama High School Graduation Exam in mathematics tomorrow. This is a required test, and no student in Alabama can receive a diploma unless they pass this test. I know just how hard my fellow-teachers have worked to prepare these students to pass it, and how hard the students themselves have worked. When I was younger, I used to watch Major league baseball on TV and couldn't understand why a batter would get upset for striking out. Wasn't he still gonna make the same million dollars anyway? Now as a teacher, I understand. I will still get my salary whether the students pass or not. But deep down, it bugs me to death when they don't. God called me to be a teacher 18 years ago, and I still have the same passion as I did the first day. I want these kids to pass. In a way, I need them to pass.
The Bible teaches us that all things are possible with God. I 100% truly believe that because I see it come true all the time. Even when I look back over my life and certain situations that I thought I could not recover from, God was right there making the impossible, possible. He did it for me, I am sure he has done it for you, and now I am praying that He will do it for my students. Some of them really have a phobia about math, and that alone keeps them from doing well. I pray that God will take away that phobia tomorrow and help them be the very best they can be. I also ask you to say a quick little prayer, too. Prayer can move mountains...and math.
Oh heavenly father, I lift up my students to you at this hour. Please be with them and help them to do their very best tomorrow. Thank-you for what You have already done in helping us prepare these students. In Jesus name, Amen.