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Yesterday I invigilated (love that word … it sounds so important!) a test for a student.

This young man and I have spent a number of days, after school, closed up in an office or classroom, this school year. Each time it was so that he could write a math test, which I invigilated (love having yet another opportunity to use that word).

I have to say, in the beginning I thought this was a little over-eager-beaver. I mean, really, what’s the hurry? Why work on a math course that is designed for the grade above this young man? What reason, what benefit could possibly be worth the tutor, the home work and the invigilator (three for three!)?

But, now I get it!

And I do not just get it, but I’ve gotta say, I respect the reason that this school year of insanity was all about.

This young man is bright academically, quite bright. He is one who would be led, and who would choose, the more academically challenging courses.

He is also a creative young man, and although he can clearly do the tougher academic courses, his soul longs to create, to build and to fix things. He loves woodworking and automotive technologies.

If he were to do his math coursework next year, as it is designed, he would have a schedule full of academic courses. This would help him to achieve his scholarly goals, but it would fail to nurture his hands-on passions.

So, this young man chose to have a year of tutors, of extra homework, and an invigilator (who is so happy to use that word), in exchange for time in his schedule for sanity in the shop next school year.

His choice, and his family’s support of it, reminded me of how often we discourage the bright academic students from taking classes and courses such as Drama, Textiles, Cooking, Woodworking, Automotive, etc. We rationalize that if they can do the tough course work, they should not waste their time on the hands-on courses.

But, the trades are not for the ‘dummies’. Like Calculus, English Lit., and Physics they too are areas of study that lead people to fulfill their passions … the same passions that God himself has called us to fulfill, as if for Him.

I wonder how many bored academics we have sitting in our classrooms?

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Often I have written about my desire to not just survive, but thrive (Survive-or-Thrive) in this life. Most recently I shared of that feeling of being  Worn, not just a physical fatigue, but exhaustion that goes to the bones, to the soul.

Recently, as I was reading a post from another (Holly Gerth) I found myself reminded of what I already knew … that all that keeps us busy, is not all for us to be busy in doing.

Isaiah 55:2-3 reminds us … reminds me :

“Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me,
and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me; 
listen, that you may live.”

God has created each of us with gifts, with talents, with passions … with appetites. There are many ways to utilize what God has given. There are many ways to fill our time, our schedules, our days using them, but not every use of them satisfies. Like cotton candy, caramel apples and kettle corn that are eaten at the fair and fill us to the brim, there are many things in our lives that we participate in that only fill our days, but do not nourish us for living.

What God has created and ordained us for requires a different diet.

Holly Gerth, writing on the blog, incourage.me, gives us a good bit of wisdom in her post, Find-What-Feeds-Your-Heart

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“I walk through the door bone weary, head throbbing, searching for the nearest flat surface so I can sink into silence. I feel depleted, drained, tired in a way that makes my heart echo with emptiness.
Another day I walk through the door worn out but not worn down, ready for a nap but also ready to get up and go for it again, smiling even through the physical fatigue that tugs at every part of my body. My energy tank is empty but my heart is full.
One task depleted me–like a sugar crash after too much junk food.
The other filled me up–like a satisfying meal that makes you lean back in your chair and sigh with new strength.
Here’s the catch: both looked like great opportunities on the outside.
But one was not for me.
And the next time it came around, I turned down another helping. That’s hard for us as women {at least it is for me}. Saying “no” to what looks enticing and sweet even though we know it will ultimately not nourish us can be difficult to do. And yet discovering what truly feeds our hearts is essential.
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish His work” {John 4:34}.
What God truly has for us to do on this earth will fill us up deep inside. Oh, yes, we will get tired sometimes along the way. We will have struggles and face obstacles. But what He has for us is not meant to leave us continually empty.
Be careful if you’re working hard “for God” and your heart feels hungry all the time.
Stop and ask Him, “Is this really, truly what You have for me? Have I taken in or taken on something You never intended?”
How do we even know what’s God’s will is?”

To continue reading this encouraging post, by Holly Gerth, click on Find-What-Feeds-Your-Heart.

 

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