More of the COVID Roller Coaster

The school district for my city has decided to not have classes all of Thanksgiving week. That is due to an uptick on COVID cases resulting in us being in the red, severe risk, on the dial.

So that means this week I will not only be teaching my morning class, but also preparing for a possible return to remote learning after Thanksgiving week.

2020 has certainly been a roller coaster of a year.

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I am so thankful for my first experience teaching English in Constanta Romania in June 1997. During our training weekend at my church, the two men helping us prepare repeated a phrase they told us would be essential to remember during our time in teaching in Romania. The phrase was Be Flexible.

That has stayed with me over the years in both teaching and in ministry among the various cultures in my city.

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Be Flexible has certainly been tested this year more than any other year. This week will be no different as I teach not knowing if we will be remote learning after Thanksgiving week or back in the building.

I am thankful for the one eternal constant who has been my source of strength mentally, emotionally, and spiritually through this crazy year. Jesus has carried me through it so far and he will continue to do so.

32 thoughts on “More of the COVID Roller Coaster

  1. Amen to spiritual flexibility Matt! Though age and a bad back limits me physically, I can in fact do all things He calls me to do spiritually if only I will stay fit in that regard.
    Betsy and I are praying for your teaching endeavors, no matter how they take place.

  2. Praying for you Matt! It’s been such a hard week here as well. I’m hoping these β€œcircuit breaker” lockdowns help and that by Christmas we can at least have a bit of family time. I’m so glad that Jesus is enough and that he has given us online community as well!

  3. Praying for all students, teachers, and families during these roller coaster days. From my own teaching days, I totally agree with the need to be flexible. The past several months have underlined “flexible” in bold print.

  4. What a great encouragement! Be Flexible, but also, God always finds a way. Even when you think that there is no way – he finds one. So we have to be prepared enough to be flexible and accept the different ways that he finds for us to succeed. πŸ™‚

  5. Be flexible…..that’s something to ponder about… 🀩😍🀩😍🀩😍🀩
    Jesus loves you brother Matt ….

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