I’m not gonna lie. I came home from school today pretty PO’d, about a couple of situations specifically and about life in general. Yes, I know it’s almost Christmas, and yes, I know that sometimes depression settles in particularly hard at this time of year.
The situation, in part, is this: these nerve-wracking kids are causing my hair to go from turning gray to turning loose. The majority of them, while excellent students despite their teacher, have brains of mush and the decision-making abilities of a kindergartener that has consumed three Red Bulls and a box of Twinkies. The only difference between the kindergartener and my 6th graders is that my kids are on an It’s Almost Christmas Vacation high. Yes, I try teaching the week before Christmas break because I am that stubborn. Maybe I’m getting what I deserve.
Then I found out that I am losing one of my best students because of a conflict with some other students at the school. You know the kid I mean. The One out of 110 students that LIKES my class. Of course, going to another school.
My health is another deal. I’ve had a couple of non-lethal issues I have been dealing with for well over a year that are wearing me out. Thank you for your concern, but I’m not listing them here or showing you picture (I have some, though). All-in-all, it adds up to an unhappy boy, yo.
The question is, So What Should I Do?
The kids don’t want to Hear What The Teacher’s Cooking, so what do I do?
Losing one of my favorite students makes me long for students that get along better with their peers. Until those kids show up, what do I do?
My aging body makes me feel like staying home more days than not. After all, I have sick days – why not use them? I could stay home, but what do I do?
I guess we all have days like this. Days when we want to come home and kick the cat. (We don’t have a cat. I need another strategy.)
As I type, the song running through my mind is one from Martina McBride, called Anyway. Two reasons I like this song: Martina McBride is really hot, and the song has a lot of truth, a lot of depth, and a lot of meaning. After a day like today, the chorus has even more meaning:
God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good
When I pray it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway.
Galatians 6:9 says, ”Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
So what should I do? What should you do? Persevere. Continue on. Do not give up. In the morning, when my weakness says to pull the covers over my head and stay home, the Lord commands me to keep “doing good.” When “that kid” runs me over in the hallway, keep “doing good.” When that nagging health issue rears its irritating head, keep “doing good.” Do it anyway. I will. And so, too, should you.
For the payoff (harvest) is promised to us if we continue “doing good.” Maybe (probably) not this week, maybe not this month or year, but “at the proper time IF we do not give up.” (emphasis added).
Bottom line: Attitude is a choice. Choose to aim for the high road even if you occasionally backslide down the path, because you will. I have. Let us focus on the end. Keep “doing good.”
Oh, and Merry CHRISTmas!