This year, my school has implemented a new virtue program. As part of this cornerstone virtue program, a virtue of the month is related back to our cornerstones of faith, scholarship, honor, and courage. Each Chapel, a student reads a virtue minute that allows the community to learn and recite a virtue verse together and hear a story that illustrates the importance of the virtue. I craft these simple little stories and would like to share them with you. Here is my first offering:
Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed. Proverbs 12:19
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. One of his nicknames was Honest Abe. Legend has it that when a young Abraham Lincoln was working as a clerk in a store, he realized he didn’t give a customer the proper change. Lincoln walked a great distance to make it right. His reputation for being honest carried over into his career as a lawyer and politician. While he was President, he said, “I hain’t been caught lying yet, and I don’t mean to be.” Today, we not only remember Lincoln for his honesty, but also honor him for never giving up on the United States in the midst of Civil War. May we too have honesty that brings honor.
It seems these days I do a lot of treading water. I move down my daily agenda staying just a step ahead of all there is to do. I’m teaching 362 students. I’m a Chaplain to over 800. I am a graduate school student. I am going through the process of ordination. I am a wife to a supportive teacher and coach. I am a mother to two energetic school-age (read, they have homework every night) boys. I organize the family finances, laundry, food, and cleaning. I am literally treading water every day.
To whom much is given much is required. ~Luke 12:48
I am so blessed to have a job working with children. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to go back to school and pursue my call to ministry. I am so blessed to be married to my amazing and devoted husband. I am so blessed to be a mother and have a family. I am so blessed to have enough money to have bills, to have more than one set of clothes, to have decisions about what food to buy and eat, and to have a beautiful home. I know all of this, but I’m still making it from day to day, trying to find joy in the small moments.
I have been praying for strength to do what is before me, for energy to finish my day as I began it, for perspective to live in the moment, and for wisdom to prioritize my tasks.
God answered with bats and air conditioning.
The Monday prior to Columbus Day, my school was closed due to a bat infestation. Today I had to leave work early to meet an AC technician. Who knew? It wasn’t until I was driving home today that I realized these odd occurrences have been a huge blessing to me. They allowed me time to reprioritize tasks, to gain extra moments with my boys, to energize my days with exercise, and to place others before myself.
My God can redeem me through bats and air conditioning. He is truly an amazing and loving God. He speaks in his own time and his own way. And He touches my life and soul!
Praise be to God!!!
Prayer Focus: Those who are overwhelmed.
My heart aches for our world! Vibrant lives reduced to hostage, victim, and casualty counts. There are so many questions. There are too few answers. Some people sadly devalue the gift of life. Their own life. And the lives of others.
I cry out to God for comfort and guidance!
Don’t wait. Pray with me.
- Pray for the victims and their families.
- Pray for the first responders who view scenes that change their lives.
- Pray for the hands and skills of the medical professionals who treat the injured.
- Pray for the clergy who will attend families in despair.
- Pray for the hearts of those who contemplate similar actions.
Don’t wait. Love with me.
- Hold your spouse and children. Tell them that you love them, that they have a purpose, and that they are a gift in your life.
- Call your family and friends. Let them know that though distance or schedules may separate you, they hold a special place in your heart.
- Thank police officers, EMTs, firemen, and the military for stepping forward to combat such tragedies and protect the innocent.