Meaningful work, God’s provision
Posted on February 15, 2015 by VMMissions Staff
This first-year teaching business literally takes over your life. I am trying to make a practice of taking one day a week to not think or do anything school related for the whole day, but I still find myself thinking about projects I could do, tests I need to make, and how few lesson plans I have completed compared to how many I’m supposed to have completed.
In all reality, I love my job. This is the first week I feel like I can say that, and maybe it is because I have a long weekend. I have had summer jobs in which I work seven hours a day, five days a week, for just a couple months at a time. My workload was far less, the stress was far less crushing, but I could not wait to leave every day and stop thinking about my work.
Here, I will work fifty to sixty hours a week for eight months straight, but the work is life giving. I can honestly say I feel honored to have the responsibility of teaching the students at Lezha Academic Center. For the most part, they are hardworking, funny kids blessed with ingenuity.
Katrina Schmid (front center) poses with some of her students at Lezha Academic Center on a hilltop overlooking the city of Lezhë.
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I recently read, “Anxiety is the result of envisioning the future without [Christ].” Sometimes, when I think about the fact that I am stuck in this grind until mid-June, I feel just a little anxious. I am honestly not sure how I am going to get everything completed that needs to be finished while also remaining sane. Yet this first month has already been proof that the Lord does provide what I need and sustains me in moments of chaos.
Even though my workload has been steadily increasing, the Lord has made my work more meaningful and life-giving every day. He has shown me that the more energy I put into building relationships, being merciful, generous and kind in the classroom and recognizing when the situations I get myself into are funny (like that one time I wore my shirt inside out), my work becomes less toilsome and more rewarding.
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