Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground — Psalm 143:8
Today, I don’t really have what I would call one of my “normal” WMD’s. I just want to tell you all what is going on with my life. Those of you who read this from afar that don’t know me personally will probably find this as boring as can be. However, those of you who know me well might be a bit surprised.
I am a person that does not do change very well. I am very much a creature of habit. When changes in my life occur, they are usually very drastic and require a lot of intentional effort on my part. It’s hard for me to understand people who move from house to house constantly, switch jobs every few years, and trade spouses several times. I’m not judging any of these people…I just don’t like change. In fact, Tonya knows that if she ever leaves me, I’m packing up and going with her!
I have had two jobs in my lifetime. I worked at a golf course as a cart boy for 7 years. I started when I was 15 and stopped when I was 22. In August of 1997 I got a call from the Principal at T-S asking me to come in for an interview even though school started in two days. I had no idea that when I left work that day that I would never park another golf cart “on the clock.” Since then, I have worked at T-S for 16 years. If you count the 13 years I attended school there, I have been walking in that school for 29 of the 37 years that I have lived. Like I said…I just don’t do change.
Today, I signed a contract to work at a different school. For 4 years I believe the Lord has been dealing with me about going this particular school. I told Him that if He wanted me there, He would have to open all of the doors and make the transition as smooth as possible. I asked Him to make it very clear that it was what He wanted. During those 4 years I made it very clear to the administration that if the opportunity should arise, I wanted to be at this certain school. It honestly looked like the door would never open, which was fine with me because I liked (and still like) my current position. Plus, that was fine with me because I don’t do change.
Well, to make a long story short, the doors opened really fast within this last month. It had to be the smoothest transition ever…just like I asked the Lord to make it.
That being said, I will be teaching at our county’s alternative school next year. It is mostly filled with students who for whatever reason have trouble succeeding in the “normal” school environment…whatever that means. I believe my task is clear: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” — Colossians 3:23-24
All I ask is that you pray for me as I prepare for this new position. Pray for the students who will be attending my classes. Pray that the lives of many students will be changed. Pray that He will make my efforts successful. Also, pray for the school that I’m leaving behind…it is a special place. Pray that T-S finds an even better teacher and coach to replace me. I know this all seems a bit selfish on my part, but I want my new beginning to start with as much prayer as possible.
Lord, teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.