Those Who Overcome

I write with a heavy heart today as another school year begins; another year that I am not back in the classroom.  It’s a new year full of possibilities, lives being impacted, children being molded into successful, thriving individuals, but I’m not there to see it unfold.  My sister will now be teaching 5th grade, the grade I once taught.  I was so excited to share all of my resources with her, but sad at the same time because all my stuff is still being stored in a storage room collecting dust.  My dreams are stuffed in boxes and totes just waiting, praying, and hoping for the day to be lived again.  
But, I overcome!  I overcome my sadness because I choose to live each day in hope.  Hope that my dreams are not dead, that they are somewhere idle waiting for an amazing opportunity. 
I recently found out that one of the Principal’s I worked for was removed from her school.  I don’t know any details, but I do know the pain she is going through.  Maybe she made mistakes, maybe she offended others, but the one thing remains is that her heart was always in the right place….that I do know!  Just like myself, she will overcome!  She is a strong, resilient woman who will climb to higher heights and will be forever changed by this experience. 
“A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung

What does it mean to overcome?  I believe it is to conquer challenges and any other form of difficulty that life throws your way.  It means to stand tall and rise to the occasion.  It means to be thankful to be here even though circumstances would show otherwise. 

Revelation 3:12 (The Message) says, “I’ll make each conqueror a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, a permanent position of honor. Then I’ll write names on you, the pillars: the Name of my God, the Name of God’s City—the new Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven—and my new Name.”

How awesome will it be to become a pillar in God’s temple! To be recognized as strength in His eyes and displayed as honor is inconceivable to me, but I find great comfort in knowing that one day I will!

I am not sure of what hardships you have had to endure, but I hope you find rest in the fact that for those of us who do, will not be forgotten.

Psalm 94:14 (KJV) says, “For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. “

Helen Keller once said, “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”

Love in Christ,


2 thoughts on “Those Who Overcome

  1. Hey Nicole-I am so sorry you are not in the classroom-you have so much to give. Talent can't be taken away-maybe for right now it is just in that storage room waiting to come out when the time is right. Thanks for your words of support, I am not sure why I am not a principal right now but I do know that when the time is right and I am needed, I will be given the opportunity to lead again. Keep up your blog-you are an inspiration.Clara

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