Life truly is all about connections.
Who are you connecting with? I’m not talking about DATING. I’m talking about networking, learning from…connecting.
I had a great weekend of connecting with some great student council friends. I was able to meet some new faces and share some great ideas. That truly is what teaching or advising is all about. It’s about learning TOGETHER.
I know I say this a lot. I don’t get tired of saying it though. I LOVE MY JOB. I love my coworkers, the way our leader supports us, how we are able and encouraged to network with others and I love my students. I am truly happy about working all weekend at this conference I just came back from AND I’M truly happy I GET to get up in the morning and go work at the best high school in Texas!
Thank You Lord for connections. Thank You Lord for my student council friends. You know I know YOU put those people in my life. THANK YOU! Thank You Lord for allowing this weekend to be amazing. AMEN!
Today we donned our new
“We are OC”
shirts the boss got for us.
I loved matching my co-workers. It might seem kind of goofy to others, but to me, it was like being part of a cool club. I loved the unity.
I love to see the pride we all take in our work and our school. I especially love to be a part of all the excitement we have for Monday.
We get to usher a new year in with our students! (BIG CRAZY SMILEY FACE HERE)
I thank God for my OC family.
They are MY PEOPLE!
Here are a few pics of the crazy group as we were going outside to pose for this year’s campus photo:
Like I said, MY PEOPLE!
And to end this blog today, I want to praise and thank God for blessing OCHS with two leaders that are HIS people. It’s a great feeling to have bosses who know Jesus. I truly have been blessed throughout my years as a teacher to have Godly administrators.
They were both a little worried when I wanted to take a picture of them today, because apparently I’m a bit malicious when it comes to embarrassing photos or videos. Not the case today! I wanted to show these two off as my blessings…
My people, but most of all—
The first two days…
Yes. I am blessed. The last two days back at a job I love have been blessings.
Some teachers (and other people who have to) go through meetings get frustrated and upset at times. They worry and fret over things, because the boss is not saying what they want or a co-worker won’t stop asking questions. Well, I recognize the fact that we are all different people, different personalities and bodies. We have difference of opinions, mind-sets and medication. Haha!
I LOVE THOSE DIFFERENCES! If we were all the same…how would this world be!?! We’d all like bananas and the color green would be our fave. How would that even work? Yes, we would all agree, but how would that help move anything forward. Plain and simple, it wouldn’t. Duhh.
Ok, I know that some of those meetings go on and on because someone can’t let go of a point. I get it. But instead of getting upset, I giggle. NOT AUDIBLY; although, sometimes a weird sound comes out from trying to stifle the giggle. I don’t giggle because I’m making fun…I giggle because, as I said up there…I recognize that we are all different. I giggle with joy that GOD MADE US THAT WAY!
I do admit, I threatened a couple of co-workers with a good ole body slam yesterday, but all in fun OF COURSE. (if I could actually body slam them..that would be entertaining tho! haha!)
Back to my original point: I AM BLESSED. Thank You God for these first two days!!! Excited to see what this third one holds and the many more to come. Excitement really doesn’t even begin to describe my expectancy!
A friend/co-worker of mine shared this t-shirt on my FB page today. I LOVE IT! What I love most is when I read that it makes me get even MORE excited about this coming Monday. I *GET* to go back to work after summer vacation. I’m so blessed. I, of course, love my summer, but WOW, DO I LOVE MY JOB! I do! Some people think I’m nuts. I’m cool with that. I am nuts about the job God has given me.
Because…I truly believe in this verse right here:
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, -Colossians 3:23 (HCSB)
We are SUPPOSED to be excited about our work…
Enthusiastic about our daily jobs… here’s another version of the verse:
Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.
(International Standard Version)
I love that..WHOLEHEARTEDLY! Do it with all your heart. (BIG HUGE CRAZY SMILEY FACE HERE)
I have this saying hanging in my shop: Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.
Here’s another one: Make your vocation your vacation.
And let’s not forget to do this:
I thank God for my WONDERFUL job where I get to teach some AWESOME kiddos, work with some SASSY people AND they all love me even though I’m CRAZY!
I have so many blogs that are labeled or just about perspective. I try not to use the same title, but I had to on this one.
To me, that is the #1 thing that MAKES a circumstance or situation. It’s how you look at it.
Today, at the last general session of the leadership conference I was blessed to take 21 students to, our speaker was all about perspective.
Make sad happy–
By giving and not taking
By helping others
And doing all you can to make a change.
Don’t think you can’t, believe you CAN.
You are not who you are because of what you look like.
True leaders don’t judge others who don’t make the cut.
It’s not about me, it’s about what I’m honored and blessed to give you.
Your life is limitless.
Attitude is not a cliche.
This guy was a motivational speaker, but as he said, he wasn’t there to give us motivation, he wanted to give us
He gave it to us by the example he lives. He gave it to us by his actions. He was born with no arms and instead of looking at that as a disability …he said it was just a little struggle or difficulty. To overcome those –no matter what they are—we must work.
This is so true! We all have our hang ups whether physical or mental and we have to WORK, put effort to it to make it past them. It doesn’t happen overnight or in one day. It happens because we make our attitude a habit. Attitude truly is power. PERSPECTIVE is what drives our attitude or visa versa. To me, they are one in the same.
Here’s a little clip I found on YouTube featuring this speaker–
You are not defined by the way other people think about you, their opinions or their actions towards you. You are not defined by your parents. You are not defined by your friends, family or any other people you come in contact with. I know, you are shaped and influenced by these, but your basic definition comes from the person YOU ARE, the decisions YOU MAKE and the actions YOU TAKE.
This all goes back to RESPONSIBILITY. You cannot blame others for the fact that you are a lost person, a drug addict, a convict OR a mission worker, preacher, teacher or president of some governing body. You are YOU, because YOU took the path that YOU took. That is it! What will you choose? Will you choose to follow the example of your alcoholic father? Will you choose to be like your favorite teacher? Will you help others or only help yourself? You choose.
Look to the POSITIVE leaders in your life, build on YOUR strengths and choose a path that will make YOUR life YOURS.
YOU are YOU because of YOU.
Personally, I believe in putting life in perspective like this: GOD, Family, friends then me. And in all I do, I do my best to LOVE.
My wish for you…LOVE. (Jesus is love.)
I’ve been reading the MADE TO CRAVE Daily Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst …off and on. I haven’t done it exactly DAILY, but I read it every few days or so. EVERY TIME I read it, it speaks to the craziness of my day/life. I know her book is for those who are addicted to food (which I admit becomes one of my addictions at times)…or really, just addiction in general, but for her, it is/was food. EVEN though she refers to food mostly in her book, her insight fits so many different facets of my life–not just in the area of food and the want/need to lose weight. I’m addicted to work. I am addicted to staying busy. I don’t like to watch TV a lot, really, but I do have some shows that I like to watch and seem to get addicted to those at times. Maybe these aren’t bad addictions, but they can get that way. I believe *BAD* ADDICTIONS are those things that get in our way of doing what God wants us to do. Not everything we tend to do a lot of or even as a routine is an addiction—it’s when whatever that is, pushes God over, takes His place, keeps you from Him–THAT is when it becomes a dangerous –bad addiction.
Today, Lysa’s writing was about working to get results. So many times, we just want to see INSTANT results. That is why so many people get surgery and take pills that are supposed to speed up some kind of transformation. People buy machines and miracle creams to get a quick fix. We have all done it. I know I have!
Here’s the deal, though…WHEN WE FIGURE OUT THAT IN ORDER TO REACH OUR GOAL–WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WORK–We will see results! God tells us this in the Bible. Check it:
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5 NLT)
You will obtain your goal if you maintain your course. Keep on keepin’ on! Press on. Move forward.
Work hard. = Get results.
Furthermore…DON’T GIVE UP! How do you do that you ask? PRAY. Ask sincerely for God to give you strength, courage and perseverance. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE! That is from the Bible too! See:
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. -Phill 3:14
I want the prize!!!
How about you?!?