Because of their typically strong work ethic and positive interactions, it's not a stretch once in a while to celebrate their efforts. The 6th graders had worked hard on the first chapter about ancient Greece. I felt confident telling them we would celebrate if 80% of the class made 80% or higher on the assessment.
I was surprised when one student, Rylie, raised her hand to tell me I'd mispronounced "Minoan". She said, "It's supposed to be pronounced 'minions'." The other students began chuckling. A neighboring student told me Rylie loved the Minions. Rylie just grinned. Too funny!
Then the class took the test. They focused. They took their time, and used their notes. Despite their efforts, only two students made 80% or higher. OUCH!
When Tom began gluing squiggly eyes on Twinkies, he asked me why we never bought them for us. Fair question. First, I didn't know Tom liked Twinkies. Second, for long years our budget was tight: Twinkies were a luxury we couldn't afford. Now that we can, we don't.
Hang on, we're going to switch gears!
Over the years, Tom and I figured out when we're in the center of God's will, or trying to be, Satan goes into high gear. Just as we're thrilled to be planning a dream trip to Colorado, Satan fired a volley.
Tom's chronically aching back seemed to have accelerated to the surgery stage. Thinking about Colorado, Tom was ready to back out of the appointment with the surgeon. The thought of recovery, time-off, and expense were daunting.
I love the lyrics to Casting Crowns's song, "Just Be Held". I bet God loves it when we "stop holding on, and just be held." The children of the Most High God aren't paupers. We can buy Twinkies!
Join me as we "... fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]." (Hebrews 4:16)
Are you up for it? Let's go, no, let's run boldly to the throne of grace, then go buy some Twinkies!
BTW Tom has gone to the surgeon since starting this post. He couldn't find any trace of the cause for the alarming back issue. No back surgery is needed in the foreseeable future. I'm almost as thankful Tom didn't cancel the appointment as I am about him not having surgery. GOD IS AMAZING!