This morning when I woke up, I had a thought racing through my head among all the to-do’s and reminders.
“Remember to delight in the relationship, not just the result.”
I will admit it. I am results driven. Personality profiles like to call it “ambitious,” or ” goal-oriented,” to make it seem more pleasant.
The other side is that I really like people. I am an extrovert to the nth degree. My strength on StrengthsFinder is winning others over(WOO). I love to engage with people.
So, I have this constant struggle of balancing spending time in my relationships, with seeing results out of them.
Each morning, I try to see how many students I can meet with, how many goals we need to work on, and how caught up on paperwork. I try to see how much time I have to converse with this friend, send this note, text this person to let them know I am praying for them.
My life becomes one huge to-do list.
It’s time for me to chuck the proverbial to-do list, and delight in my relationship with God, and all the other relationships He has entrusted to me.
- This means answering a friend’s call when I may just want to veg out.
- This means spending time with someone not expecting anything, but showing love regardless of how they may act.
- This means taking the exra time with a student who is having a horrible day, instead of just worrying about how my schedule will get thrown off.
- This means delighting in my time with God, not just marking it off a list.
” Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
5th grade boys:( I am not promoting elementary age dances. I just found this humorous.)
” I am taking Alexis to the dance.” -kid 1
” Well drop my jaw and hit the floor!! How did you get her to go with you? She is at least Jeremy material. He is cuter than you.” -kid
” All I had to do was ask. Jeremy didn’t ask.” -kid1
4th grade boys: (we were taking a personality strengths test)
“What is the blue personality?” -kid 1
” Those are the caregiver types. They are kind, loving, caring, and compassionate.” -Me
” I am all those things! Why can’t I be that personality?” -kid1
” Well, you are, but you are just stronger in some other areas…..” -me (interrupted by kid 2)
“Hey, look guys….” -kid 2( gets cut off by kid 1)
“SHUT UP! Can’t you see I am talking?”-kid1
” You wonder why you don’t test as the kind personality…” -kid2
Kid at church:
” What are some sins?” -me
(totally serious) ” Slapping a cop.” -kid
Well, that is all the rambling I can take for one night!