I’m listening to an Aerosmith concert recorded when I was a teen; I loved Steven Tyler’s voice then, but I like the new old-guy even better.
“Sweet Emotion” is playing. “Can’t say where I’m gonna be in a year…Said my get up and go musta got up & went.”
Read that again, “my get up and go musta got up & went.“ That sounds like most students, and school faculty, I know. They want to finish strong, but wow, they’re looking at the finish line, but it looks like a lot of work to get there.
What can we do?
I’m coming back to these words which have been driving themselves into my heart and soul:
“Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet…”
“Gently encourage the stragglers“
When I was in school I hated homework, so I seldom did it. But, in grad school I (finally!) figured out what would work for me. If I set a time limit to get something done and worked hard on it for that time period I’d get something done.
- Study for a focused 15 minutes
- Finish that late math assignment in 30 minutes
- Break that big project down into four focused hours over the next four days and get it done
“reach out for the exhausted“
Most college students have breathed a huge sigh of relief, they’re done for the year; some are done for good.
Next Thursday, June 7th, is when most public school children and teens will finish their school year. But, at this time of year, some people are just “DONE!”, they’ve got nothing more in the tank.
Time for a hug, a piece of chocolate, a nap, some fresh fruit, a listening ear, and a humble prayer. Finishing well is such hard work especially when you work so hard in so many other ways.
And, sometimes, “pulling them to their feet” is more than we can do ourselves. It’s then I like to pray, “Please God help me…, please God help her…, please God help him…(somebody’s got to)! <3
1 – 1 Thessalonians 5:13, MSG