As an educator, you might be familiar with the lyrics from the song “Start of Something New” from High School Musical. Before writing this introductory blog, I really hadn’t paid too much attention to the lyrics, but I loved the title of the song, so I took a quick peek.
Living in my own world, didn't understand That anything can happen when you take a chance. I never believed in what I couldn't see. I never opened my heart to all the possibilities.
I know that something has changed. Never felt this way, And right here, tonight,
This could be the start of something new.
As most of you know the lyrics go on to describe the beginning of a teenage relationship, but as I pondered the introductory words, I couldn’t help but be somewhat amused at how the lyrics seem to describe how I am feeling. Many years ago (and I mean MANY), God placed a calling on my heart—create a ministry to support Christian educators. The calling was clear, but I lacked understanding and clarity regarding what it all meant. Maybe it was a belief issue or even a heart issue as the lyrics suggest. Nevertheless, God never let the calling or passion die in my heart. Over the years I have wrestled with God’s calling—questioning, seeking, over-analyzing, second-guessing, and even procrastinating. But “I know something has changed.” Now is the time for me to move forward in obedience and watch God work.
Maybe you are like me. God has placed a calling on your heart. It might not be to start a new ministry. Maybe it is as simple as inviting the teacher next door to have a cup of coffee so you can begin to build a relationship and share the love of Jesus. Maybe it is sitting down with that difficult parent to get to know them on a personal level.
“We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Whatever passion God has placed on your heart, I encourage you to take the first step in obedience. God has gone before you. You were created by Him to share the love of Jesus with everyone He puts in your path. This could be the start of something new!