Payday!

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2013
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You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth & clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Psalm 30:11-12

I thank God for allowing me to see the payoff.  A while ago, I wrote about coming home at the end of my workweek feeling tired and frustrated.  A few weeks after that post, I finally got to see what I was working for.  I work with adult students who are struggling in school and taking remedial classes.  At the end of the spring semester, they took a series of placement tests to determine whether or not they were exempt from taking further non-credit classes.  The tests determine whether or not they could finally start taking classes which would allow them to accumulate the credits they need to graduate.

When the test scores came in, I had the responsibility and privilege of giving students the news.  Some students still need to take at remedial classes, but not as many as initially thought, and everyone made improvement.   We were able to acknowledge the progress that had been made.  Some people passed all their tests.  There were tears of joy, smiles, high-fives; and in one instance – unrestrained celebration.  One student just got a glimpse of his score and started jumping up & down and running through the halls.  He hugged me.

That celebration wasn’t the highlight of my day.  There were two students who had a particularly hard semester.  On paper, they weren’t as successful as other students.  Nonetheless, they worked hard and made progress.    I was proud to see that all of their work paid off; and I was happy to say that I had small role in helping them get through the semester.

I didn’t get a pay raise, but God did compensate me for my work.

Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp.

Psalm 149:3

BOW is my first experience in blogging, and my writing has undergone an evolution since I started. I use If I Knew Then What I Know Now to think aloud about my Christian walk. When you read it, my hope is that WE (the BOW community & friends) then discuss how to apply God's word into our everyday lives in a practical manner. As Christian lay-theologians, we'll talk about our world, and how we can be in it but not of it. So whatever your thoughts are about what you read, PLEASE share.
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