Hello again. Time to update on my week… and what a frustrating one it’s been!
Well, we did our “bests” and “most likely to’s” this week and got results on Friday. I got “most academic”, so that’s not too bad… I was afraid I’d get “most quiet”, but lucky for me that went to Keegan instead. I don’t know why I got voted what I did… because usually I’d get most quiet for the classes that I’m in with all of them, but ah well ^_^ …and then there was the one vote that I got for “most stylish girl” because of my “lord of the rings” looking senior picture. That was one of the few nice things that came out of Friday this week.
Well, I spent all of Tuesday’s class learning nothing important and listening to my class complain to Mr Franz about how they don’t feel like anything they do throughout the rest of the school year has any significance because it’s “all over in a few weeks anyway” and they feel like the teachers aren’t really challenging them and are just giving them busywork so that they have something to do aside from sit there. Mr Franz responded to that by telling us that he understood that “nothing matters anymore” mindset, but that if we end the year that way then we’ll probably start the year like that when we go to college in fall and that’ll cause us lots of problems… how true that is. I don’t think anyone took that to heart much though. Heh… JD was hissing and waving to me from across the room, and was like “hey! We talked about this in Refuge yesterday!”. And so we did… but I’ll get to that later on.
We worked on the skits and music… the skit people need prayer badly, I think. I have lines to memorize this weekend, too.
And then I guess the church wanted to have two of us share our testimonies, and nobody put a hand up to volunteer, so Mrs Jones said something about picking somebody to do it if nobody volunteered. That didn’t sound too good to me, so I volunteered, and then the rest of the class volunteered JD, it seems. I mean, you can’t make someone share because they might not want to or they might not even have one to share… and I can get over my “talking-in-front-of-people” fears and share mine because I like to do that when I get a chance. So, please pray for that because I don’t like talking in front of a lot of people, and that applies doubly for people that I don’t even know, and I tend to get off subject… so pray for that too.
We finished the Crucible and are moving on to another play now. What fun.
Okay, so like I said, we talked about not slacking off being diligent in your work. Imma post in the scripture we read (in the NLT version) and then some more that I’ve thought of since Monday.
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
This is telling us the obvious about how you’ll get farther in life if you work hard than if you try to take the easy way out. Emily and I had a conversation about that a few days ago and we came up with this…
ReeserTheShadow: you know what people who give up and want to rush on to the “next thing” in life are like? Anakin Skywalker… I mean, he got so full of himself and impatient that he took everything into his own hands and ended up going over to the Dark Side, all because he couldn’t take orders and just be patient
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command with the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from any Christian who lives in idleness and doesn’t follow the tradition of hard work we gave you. For you know that you ought to follow our example. We were never lazy when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so that we would not be a burden to any of you. It wasn’t that we didn’t have the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. Even while we were with you we gave you this rule: “Whoever does not work should not eat.”
Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and wasting time meddling in other people’s business. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we appeal to such people—no, we command them: Settle down and get to work. Earn your own living. And I say to the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.
And that is telling us that there are other reasons we should work hard, i.e. you will be rewarded for doing work, but when we’re being lazy bums we don’t deserve that reward.
You slaves must obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Obey them willingly because of your reverent fear of the Lord. Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ. But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the evil you have done. For God has no favourites who can get away with evil.
This is telling us what we Christians should be doing when we ARE working… not just trying to make ourselves look good, but trying to be real and actually DO good. We’re not just ordinary people who are working to serve our own physical needs, but we are employees of Christ who are working to further his message. And there is reward that we have to look forward to in the end if we do our job (although that isn’t the ultimate goal).
For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep right on loving others as long as this life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and patience.
I happen to think that this is pointing a little towards how when we become lazy with doing our tangible, earthly work then it’ll reflect on how we are spiritually and how we’re getting lazy towards God and not working so hard for Him anymore. That is not a good thing!
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot or cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!
And verse 19
I am the one who corrects and disciplines everyone I love. Be diligent and turn from your indifference.
If you ask me, that isn’t what I want to end up like because I was lazy in my work for Christ!
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have remained faithful.
This is what we should all want to be able to say when we know our work is drawing to an end. I have to ask myself and I hope you also will take a look at yourselves to see whether or not you would be able to say so if your time of service to Christ ended today.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge cloud of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honour beside God’s throne in heaven. Think of all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up.
This is what we need to do in order to keep ourselves from getting lazy spiritually or even with things in the physical world, and I hope that we will all try to take that to heart more.
That wasn’t so bad… I went with the choir to sing at a retirement home, and the people really enjoyed our singing (especially our bus driver, lol ^_^). It was really a lot of fun and I think I enjoyed that trip more than any other time that we’ve performed. I kept wanting to laugh during the song that Wesley was conducting… he makes some really strange faces.
After getting back from school we sat around for forever before we were finally allowed to get pizza for lunch, and then because we were being served “by class” and Ben and I were the only seniors who were back yet (JD and Keegan left after the choir performance), we didn’t have to wait in a long line like everyone else. Then I sat with Rex, Alicia, and David for part of lunch (we were being rebellious and sitting apart from our classes like we were “supposed” to), but we moved over to the stage to sit with some of the other juniors, which wasn’t so bad. I got to talk to Phillip again, so that was interesting… and he agrees with Mikey T that I look like the girl in the Carrie movie. I guess I kind of do… but not THAT much.
Then after lunch and sitting again for forever, the class clash game started. I didn’t want to play, so I sat and watched all the classes play against each other. Some of it I videotaped for Ali so it can be in our video at senior chapel. Our class lost all of the games except for the one against the sophomores, but that was because we had lots of teacher help and got to pick a few kids from other classes to play for us because we had so few kids to begin with.
Anyways, after that we went to our homeroom and the freshmen had stolen the spirit stick from us… and my classmates were ticked off and went hunting for it to get it back… and I’m ashamed of my class because of how they went about doing that. I really am. I have very little loyalty to my class right now, and I don’t think that I will ever regain what I had at the beginning of the year and I don’t care who knows it anymore because judging from the way they act, they probably wouldn’t care what I think of them anyway. Cussing at the underclassmen just because they beat you at dodge ball and then stole the stupid spirit stick is unacceptable to me.
I dunno… I don’t think that my anger at my classmates has completely dissipated yet, but it’s gotten to where I don’t think I hate them all. Now I’m just trying to think of ways to get them for their stupidity and maybe be able to disassociate myself from them enough that when people think of them and the stupid things they all did then they won’t remember me as having been a part of that class, because I really am ashamed to be lumped in with people who are like that because their actions seem to reflect back on me too whether I like it or not.
13 days until prank (unless God intervenes and they don’t do it…)
14 days until skip day (where I get to spend all day venting at Mr Waters…)
17 days until senior trip (well… I might have fun and I might not)
26 days until senior chapel (aren’t we special…)
32 days until the last senior exam day (hopefully I won’t be taking them…)
41 days until graduation rehearsal (ah-ha! I get a cap and gown…)
44 days until graduation (Napoleon: “Yesssss!”)
45 days until my graduation party (wow… half of everyone I know all at my house…)
46 days until Dad, Melody and I fly out to CA! (How awesome is that!?)
Later days & God bless!
Gary S: You shouldn’t wear that sweatshirt. You’re not a geek. Take it off.
(I am too a geek! That’s why I’m “most academic”! ^_^ …oh, and if you take that for me being down on myself or insulting myself then you misunderstand me. I take pride in my schoolwork or else I wouldn’t be so upset about how everyone else doesn’t care.)