The “Grading Papers” of It All
Do I delight in starting each new day welcoming 25 eager young students into my classroom? Absolutely. Motivating teens to set goals and work hard to achieve them? Without a doubt. Filling their minds with knowledge, and working extra hours to ensure the learning will be fun? I love it! But, I have a confession to make.
I hate grading papers.
There, I said it. I am a teacher, and I would rather eat beets than grade papers. I’ll admit, I feel more than a small stab of guilt when one of my brave young English warriors politely inquires, “Mrs. Brown, have you graded our capitalization tests yet?”
“How does next Valentine's Day sound? Come to think of it, do we need that grade at all? What is a grade, really? Can’t I just give an ‘E’ for effort?” (OK, maybe that is going a bit too far.)
The point is, whatever the occupation, every job has a part that you will like the least. Even if you feel called to your profession, that doesn’t mean you are automatically going to fully enjoy every intricate detail of the job description. Even my husband, called to full-time ministry, has a part of pastoring that he enjoys the least. (No, I am not going to tell you what that part is!)
“She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.” Proverbs 31:17 MSG (emphasis mine)
Through this scripture, God is telling us that even though we may not relish the task, we can see the value of the result. Let us take these words, meditate on them this week, and allow them to influence our attitudes as we approach these less-than-desirable tasks.
Wake up, capitalization papers, I will procrastinate no longer. Here I come with my trusty red pen in hand to grade you. And, if one of my brave English warriors decides to have his or her own blog someday, I will be so glad I did!
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17 NIV