School starts at Wade Christian Academy in a few short weeks. As the Administrative Assistant I enjoy the summer months as a time to prepare the office, resource room, nurses station, records room, data base, and curriculum resources to be in tip top shape for when the teachers arrive for orientation and students arrive for their first day of school.
I love the people that God has called me to serve and work with. It is my privilege and pleasure to do all I can do to prepare the WCA place in the best way possible for them.
This week I have scheduled a four day weekend for me to have time to prepare myself as well.
There is a difference in preparing the place and preparing myself.
As I take the time to prepare myself, I make it a priority to inventory every facet of who I am and how I am doing.
I make it a priority to go through my closet and make sure my wardrobe and jewelry items are appropriate for work ware. I take inventory of the clothing items I might need and I make a shopping list to work from.
I also take the time to inventory the degree of happiness that I am enjoying in my personal life. I make a list of the things I love about my life, a list of things I would like to add, and a list of things that may need to be removed.
This year my list of loves was long and full. Seems like my life is settled into a good place right now. There were only two things I wanted to add, and nothing that needed to be removed.
I work in the people business. During the school year I come into contact with around 150 people on any given day. Some days even more.
I have to make sure my life is happy and full if I’m going to be a good representative for the work I have been given to do. If I’m not, I will be more concerned about my own needs, rather than the needs of others.
Let’s face it. Nothing really encouraging ever comes from an empty anything.
Sometimes I hear women speak of preparation and personal time as a luxury they would love to enjoy. Dessert they can’t afford. A dress saved for a special occasion. Dishes that they will bring out when company comes.
I’m guessing they think like this because they don’t want to be considered selfish or self-centered – when in actuality the opposite is true. People who aren’t prepared draw and drain from every situation and people they are involved with.
God has placed us in this world to make a good difference in the lives of those He has given us to know and serve. Right now He has placed me in Melbourne, Florida, to serve the folks associated with Wade Christian Academy. It’s my heart’s desire to do my best to love, serve, and encourage them.
If this is going to happen, then I must make sure that I am making sure that my life is kept filled to the brim with good things as well.
I believe one of the best gifts that we can give to the world around us is the gift of taking good care of ourselves. And because of this, I spend concentrated time, on a regular basis, taking inventory of how my ways and means are going.
Do I love my life? Am I enjoying my associations? Is my wardrobe in order? Is my house in order? Is my budget set? Am I happy with my hair, weight, make up? How is my attitude? How is my heart? How are my relationships with others? How is my walk with God?
These are the kinds of questions I ask myself every summer when I take off a few days before school begins. These are the areas I want to make sure are in order before I begin to pour out myself into the lives of others.
By the way, I do the same thing over Christmas break as well. 🙂
School is starting in a few short weeks and I want to be ready. Ready to be a blessing to the folks that will connect with me and the office at WCA. I have a bit of shopping and reorganizing to do, some attitude adjusting to work on, but other than that, this year it looks like I’m pretty good to go!
Preparing for Good. It takes time. Yes, I know it takes time.
But trust me, it’s worth the time. Especially to those that we come in contact with that need to benefit from the love, care, and service that will flow through us because of the choice we made to take that time.