making plans while winding down


It is the end of the school year and as we prepare for graduation ceremonies, report cards and clean out our rooms I often find myself looking at semester plans from the year gone by and make changes. If you had suggested to me a week ago that I would be looking forward to next year I would have laughed you out of the room!

As the days brighten and lengthen spirits generally riae! In schools our spirits go up at the same time as the last remnants of energy desert us. At this point we are working on adrenaline alone! I think I’ll really know I’m ready to move on from teaching when this process doesn’t get my creative juices flowing with ideas for new activities and assignments for the next year.

In any field of work I believe this kind of time apart is necessary to keep people from burning out completely. During Jesus’ ministry he was mindful of this. We read frequently of him going to a quiet place to pray, or withdrawing with his disciples. Of course, people frequently managed to follow him or find him anyway, even once when he crossed the sea of Galilee. He returned from these brief respites ready to face the crowds once again.

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