Dear TLS Community,
How blessed am I? I have an amazing family, meaningful and caring friendships, supportive and understanding work colleagues and I can only hope that I am as valuable to each of them as they are to me.
Our school community consists of people from babies to older folk in their…more mature days. People and children from all walks of life, cultures and back grounds have a significant and positive impact on our daily life.
To say life is a wonderful opportunity is an understatement.
In a time when I am often reminded that all things are disposable, I am thankful I have a job I love and the opportunity to do my very best with all that I have. On a personal note, in recent times my work load continues to evolve, mistakes I have made and challenges I have met with moments I don’t always want to share.
To my surprise, I’ve learned something from this otherwise mostly innocuous, but sometimes exhausting life, that there will always be somebody better than me. There will always be someone waiting only a step away from me who knows strategy better, finance better and how to lead better.
If I was asked, what can a person do to improve their skills? My answer would be, never give up, failure is an opportunity to build on. Then I ask myself, if I plan to get better, am I doing it for me, my family, or the person I’ve always tried to beat but simply can’t? Is it one-upmanship that motivates me?
I’m pretty certain – in fact completely sure, 100% unquestionably, undeniably sure, that approval from others or indeed ourselves is not where we are supposed to be seeking approval. The only One we are supposed to seek approval from is our Heavenly Father.
I am sure we are all guilty – as I am – of wanting at least one person to notice when we do something that people don’t normally see? It could be anything from cleaning the floors at home, or finally figuring out something that’s been plaguing us at work.
The good news is, even when nobody else notices, someone always notices. It’s our Heavenly Father. I’m reminded of a verse in Galatians 1:10:
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
God’s richest blessings,