As the winter finally fades into the past and the spring begins to take hold, I begin to look to the summer and all it may hold. My anxiousness about summer has two main sources; family and exhaustion. Don't get me wrong, Searcy has been my second home, and Zion my second family, but there is no replacing home. This semester has been a hard one for a lot of us students, but as I tie up loose ends, I find my second wind. Just 16 more days and I'm done. With all the projects, papers, tests, and homework due in between now and then it might as well be next year. But somehow I feel strengthened. I feel exhausted, ready to be done, but I know I can't be. And I know I can keep going. If there's one thing I can do, it's just keep chugging. From hiking a mountain and finishing a 9 pitch multi-pitch, to bearing down and studying for that test, if I need to keep going, I will. The temptation to slack off is strong and the desire to throw in the towel is almost overwhelming. One thing that has checked my weakness this semester is one simple phrase that has a huge implication. "Work as if you are working for the Lord." Sure, we've all heard that before. As Christians, that's how we're supposed to view our jobs, right? It's easy to forget who we are working for when things are going smoothly. It's easy to do good work and not credit it to our creator. But now, when I feel like rolling over and giving up, I think about what kind of worker I am being. Who would hire someone who gives up in the final stretch of a project? Who WOULDN'T fire someone who just decides to stop putting in effort? Think about the person you admire the most. It could be a boss, a teacher, a family member, or shoot, it could be someone you've never met, but always looked up to. If you worked for them for one day would you not want to put in your 100% all time best effort? If we do that for some admired human, surely we can do better for the one who created us. Working for the Lord not only picks up my spirits and rallies my will, it gives me a sense of purpose. I can't imagine a better goal than glorifying the Lord through my honest,hard work.
Going forward into the last 16 days of school, keep this in mind. Even if you bomb that test, or don't make an A on that paper or project, if you work your hardest and keep God as your center, you can take pride in what you have accomplished.
Good luck out there fellas.
Hailey Weare, signing off.