I am tired. I spent most of my week in meetings. The first two days we had a communications seminar. It was good and I have already benefited from what I learned. After that, we had three days to fit in all the in-service meetings we usually have in a whole week. We had a meeting about insurance and other benefits, one about the annual fund, technology training sessions, and meetings to go over policies for about any situation you can imagine. After a while it all seems to run together. I have also had a couple of team planning meetings. Of course those were my favorite. I find planning and discussion energizing and I LOVE my team. Still, by Friday afternoon I was feeling burned out and over-whelmed.
My home life is different now. Coming home to three energetic kids is very different from coming home to one lazy basset hound. They have things to tell me about their day and we have dinner and baths and bedtime stories to think about. I am learning to leave school at school and home at home. There are a few minutes of transition required when I change places. I’m adjusting, and I am enjoying. I can’t worry about school at home and I can’t worry about home at school. This is a lesson I should have learned long ago.
Even though today was Saturday, I still had to go into school. I just didn’t have the time in my room I needed this week. When I arrived this morning I pulled out my One-Year Bible. I needed to hear from the Lord before I got into my day. The New Testament reading for today was I Corinthians 13 and I just couldn’t believe how applicable it was to my week. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels…” (communication seminar) “If I give all I possess…” (annual fund) “If I have… all knowledge…” (lesson planning) “If I… can fathom all mysteries…” (technology training) and have not love, I am nothing.
As I read on, I realized that so much of my week would have been unnecessary if we only lived according to the law of love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” Hmmmmmmm…this would lead to good communication. “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” We would need far fewer rules and policies if we lived by those words. “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” Praise God. He is love and as I become more like Him, I will be more loving.
The chapter goes on to talk about how all these things of earth will fail and fade, but then we will “see face to face.” Now we only know a part, but then we will know fully and we will be fully known. Sounds like heaven. Oh, that’s because it will be!