I’m back to full time work tomorrow.
Going to ride out the term teaching Year 5 students.
I’m really looking forward to it, but I’m also considering what I will have to give up in order to be able to do it.
I wrote a list to my PA last night.
She is an incredibly understanding woman,
And smart, organised etc etc.
But that’s a whole other blog…
As I rattled off 10 things that are on my current ‘to-do’ list for the next 8 months,
In one of my characteristic late night email rants,
I specifically said to her,
‘Don’t let me do anything else!’
It was a warning to her,
But mostly to me.
In the last few years I have become increasingly busy.
I love it but it definitely brings with it some challenges.
One of these challenges that has affected me positively,
Is that I have had to have people around me who I can bounce these things off.
Make sure I’m not going too fast.
Make sure I’m not drifting in the wrong direction.
When you’re going as fast as I am,
It’s easy to make a wrong turn and end up in a completely different place than what you expected.
That’s why I am becoming more and more interested in running ideas off other people,
Particularly those that I respect and that have a voice in my life,
To see if I’m still heading in the right direction
And if my ideas are just whims or if they have some weight to them.
Like my PA, my husband, my parents, my senior pastors, mentors, close and trusted friends.
I don’t think you’re ever above needing the advice of those around you to make sure you’re still on course.
Telling another person what you intend to do is a safety net.
It’s a necessity.
I know when I’m drifting,
When I haven’t got those people in my life,
It’s far too easy to get lost in the busyness and the momentum,
And not make wise decisions based on real outcomes.
It’s like continuing to have a tuning fork hit,
And tuning your life back into its frequency.
Worship does that for me.
And reading God’s word.
Worship always brings me back,
Smack bang into the centre of God’s heart and purpose for me.
Reading the word of God is so underrated in our day and age.
But it’s so wholesome and full of goodness and rich with words that harmonise you again with your Creator.
It’s important to take time to get back to God and to get back to His word.
To worship Him,
And to trust in the counsel of others’ voices in your life.
These are sure fire ways to keep you on track and walking in a straight line.
Going back to work tomorrow is a good thing for me.
It’s actually a place where I can put off the pressures for 6 hours and focus on my students.
I can be all there, instead of divided into 10 projects at once.
Yes, they’ll still be there when I get home,
But for a brief moment in the day I will be able to focus on one thing…
Instead of 10.
And I am welcoming that in this season of my life.
I’m very aware of the irony…
I’m going to back to work to slow down.
But it’s a good thing and one that will help me slow life to a respectful pace,
Help me get my priorities back in order
Before they take me away to some far, distant land.
He’s a good, good Father and I guarantee if you ask him to help you sort out what’s important,
And seek Him to put the influences in your life that you need,
More than that,
He’ll bring you through your next season so that you don’t run yourself ragged.
Instead, you come out singing with new purpose, refreshment and joy.