I’m Surrounded

I work with teenagers all day long.  My patience or lack thereof can get in the way of being effective….if I don't keep a lid on it.  So, what do I do?

I surround myself with scripture.

On my desk (table), I tape down THE WORD!  Sometimes I never look at a single verse….other times I practically snort them up my nose.  Everybody has one of those days, right?

I know every job comes with its challenges and mine is no different but I don't want to lose my saltiness when God has given me opportunities to touch young lives at my job.

Know what I mean, Vern?

When I think back to my school days (yea, that was a long time ago) I can still remember the quality that made the biggest impact on my life — my FAITHful teachers.  The ones who lived for Christ, outloud!  I felt safe in their care and I understood their consistency.

Kids still need that today.  Matter of fact, they need it today more than ever.

I wish I could say that I'm on top of my game all the time but that just wouldn't be honest.  I struggle to stay positive when the same kid never does his homework or assignments.  I fantasize about boxing his ears just want him to succeed in class and see him mature into a "productive" human being.

Is that too much to ask?

Ingesting God's word is the best weapon against discouragement.  That's why I surround myself with it.  It beats groveling in the pit and it does wonders for the spirit.

What do you do to make your day successful?


You've given me a job that requires me to love others.  Whether they are lovable or not isn't the question.  What I do with my time with them is what matters most.  Help me to be LIKE YOU in word & action.


Leave a Reply