Okay, so I know that I’m late with my Motivational Monday Moment. I’m really late. Why? Because I’m not feeling that motivated today. I’m feeling blah! I have so many things that I’m worried about that I really just feel like saying “F*uck it, we’re all going to die someday”.
But, that’s not in me. I’m the eternal optimist. I choose to see the good in people. I choose to believe that deep down inside we all want the same thing. We want to know that the world is inherently a good place. We want to believe in humanity.
Here are the three things that I’m worried about:
- The upcoming presidential election. I’m so tired of both candidates that I can’t wait for this circus to end. Both candidates despise each other and I’m not thrilled with either of them. One promotes rape culture and one I can’t trust. But, I will dutifully go cast my vote next month because I don’t take for granted that my ancestors died, were hosed and had dogs attack them for the right to vote. Not voting is not an option in a country where we were once considered 3/5 of a human being. But, can they both just go away until we vote? I can’t anymore!
- Haiti. I’m trying to figure out why this country always has some horrible natural disaster occurring and can’t seem to ever rebuild. No other island seems to suffer as much destruction as Haiti. Can the UN get together with other countries and try to figure out a way to ensure that these people have clean drinking water and a strong infrastructure? Don’t allow the Red Cross to help either, use other charitable organizations. Now, with the death toll from Hurricane Matthew over 800 and now the cholera outbreak I just can’t. So many deaths. So much destruction.
- Munch’s new school. So, last week Munch mentioned that he had a substitute teacher that he didn’t like. He said that he really wished Mr. N would come back. I made a mental note because I had sent a couple of emails that hadn’t been responded too and figured “oh well he must be out sick.” Well, this morning when I was checking his grades in the on-line portal (I do this every Monday) I discovered that another teacher’s name was placed there under his name and no grades had been recorded since 9/23. This was disappointing and disturbing. I sent an email to the parents in the classroom to see if they had received any emails or notices about the change and they all said no. I sent an email to the vice-principal and principal both and forwarded my emails to the new teacher. I’m now learning that his teacher was placed on admin leave (I have no idea for what) and no notice was sent home to the parents. Worse, one of the parents said that there were at least 5 teachers placed on administrative leave in grades 1-3 and we’re all worried about the same thing…how will our children fare with this disruption? What about Munch? I mean the only thing he realistically likes at his new school is his teacher. Now, that’s gone.
So, I started to pray. Pray for strength, pray for understanding, pray for clarity, pray for mercy and pray for our world. I wasn’t afraid to admit that I needed help. I needed God to speak to me. I needed to know that I wasn’t losing my mind and that everything would work according to His plan.
I then logged into Bible Gateway so I can read the word and the verse of the day hit me in the face like Wham!
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future. The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.
Wow! God had spoken to me. His purpose will be established. Why am I trying to make plans on how to fix the world? It’s like that joke “Want to know how to make God laugh?” Answer: Tell him your plans.
I was trying to figure out a way to understand this mess. I didn’t need to. I needed to give it to God. Why can’t I ever just release it to God?
So, my Monday Motivational Moment is simply to “Release it to God”. All of it. We can’t control it. We can’t fix it. We simply need to release it.