Good morning, friends! I’m so grateful to be with you today. It’s another beautiful day that the Lord has made, and I want to live it well. As you know, my day always starts with prayer, bible study, and a good breakfast. That’s my daily prep for whatever comes my way. In addition to that, I need to make sure that I’m properly suited for the elements, the environment, and the climate of my work place. On any given day, I enter the building with multiple layers of protection — a coat, boots, scarf, and my beloved trapper hat. My friends at work giggle whenever I put that hat on, claiming that it’s never cold enough for it. My response? Brain freeze is unacceptable when there’s a perfectly good trapper hat just waiting to be worn, and I totally rock that thing.
Protection from the elements is a no-brainer, but I also don a layer of protection for the environment that I work in. I can’t always rely on what’s hanging on my coat rack. Sometimes, I need to choose from a different arsenal. In those cases, the most accessible layer of protection is frequent, fervent prayers as I walk the halls, before I have a tough conversation, or after I’ve uttered a harsh word. I can’t possibly predict what my day might entail, so I always add two more accessories to my ensemble — love and kindness. I try not to leave home without them. I may forget my earrings on occasion, but I can’t forget about love and kindness. Working in a middle school is unpredictable, and you never know what you’ll need. So along with all the layers of protection, look for two specific tools in your toolbox: patience and a sense of humor. If you forget everything else, these two will serve you well at work and in life.
You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. ~ James 4:14 (ISV)
This verse has been with me for a few days as I prayed for the family of Jacob. Do you remember him from my series Change Is Inevitable? If you’ve been with me since last year, you’ll remember Jacob as the man in the snow. Well, he succumbed to his demons just a few short weeks ago at the age of 28. My hope is that he knew the Lord. This is why I continually urge you to seek the Lord while he may be found. Life is short, so choose to live it well.
Before you leave, turn up the volume and enjoy my Music Monday selection by Switchfoot. May blessings abound! <3
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