I hear and see these words a lot during this time of year. We are almost there. We have almost made it. Summer break (if you take one) is in our sights. I have to be honest though. My thought is not as much finish strong as finish consistent. Keep on going, keep on doing, keep on being what we have been throughout the year.
I need to be strong to finish consistent.
This is the time of year reflection begins. There were goals at the beginning and mid school year…where are we compared to those goals? Are they realistic to strive for with 5 weeks left to go? This is the time I make one last readjustment and set our sights on what seems realistic for the next 5 weeks.
To add to all of this reflection, my brain also begins thinking to the future, to future curriculum. Where will we start next year, what will we focus on? It doesn’t help that the wonderful world wide web starts sending me messages of 20% off this curriculum and freebies on that curriculum. Ugh. These are wonderful, but my head can really start swimming in this sea of possibilities.
So in the midst of this time of pushing through, I remind myself of the task-at-hand. This is the time to keep focus on that which needs to be done in the present. With the finish line ever before us, we need to let ourselves focus on the task-at-hand. My desire and prayer is that I do not miss this present moment for worry or concern of the future moment. I know it is good to plan. It is good to set goals. However, I can so easily get caught up in the future and what I want/need it to be. If I am always future minded, my present will become a checklist and procedure. If I trust in the vision given to me by Jesus for the future, and I trust it to be there, then I can have peace in the to-dos of today. I can be present here, because I know my Jesus is there. He is there holding in His hand that vision, and He is present here leading me there! He is the path, and I will walk with Him. This equals peace, joy, and strength.
Give Him your there, so you can be present here.
Be strong, finish consistent.
Your Turn to Play ~ What is something that helps you push through this time of the year?