I am exactly one week away from law school finals. I try really hard not to complain about law school. I feel like there are much worse things I could be experiencing right now. AND...hearing the inevitable empty pep talks are enough incentive to NOT complain!
Sunday night was spent wallowing in the fact that there was no way to live up to other's expectations...let alone the expectations I've placed on myself. And since I didn't want to hear any of those empty pep talks I held it all in. I went to bed and prayed for everyone on my mental prayer list and prayed for unending energy for the weeks of unending studying facing me.
And when I woke up and checked my Facebook the Holy Spirit had left me a very real pep talk through a classmate! Thank you for sharing Taylor!!
Other's expectations...my expectations...none of that matters. What matters is that God has me here at ONU Law School for a reason. God has greater things in store for me through the law. I am reminded of what called me to law school...not the need to impress anyone but the calling to help those who are accused and forgotten by society.
"There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!"
Romans 5:3-5 (The Message)
And as if Taylor sharing that simple verse from Colossians weren't enough, I heard this on the radio as I drove to school Monday morning...
So while I was avoiding the empty pep talks from those around me...the Holy Spirit had the pep talk I needed!!!
Father, thank you for the encouragement you provided through Taylor. Thank you for using her to speak to me this week. I am so grateful that you use us in unexpected ways. Father, please give me the energy and the motivation to be diligent in my studies in the upcoming weeks. Father, please give me unending patience with my children as I'm over stressed in the upcoming weeks. Father, I pray that you will continually guide me back to you when my perspective is off track. Amen