He Seats Them with Princes

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Aug 23 2012

Post Surgery

So, I’m sitting here in my living room four days out from teaching my very first class…I have AC certification things due (about 8 hours of video worth and a chapter of homework), my classroom isn’t quite finished, I’m missing important training for my school, I have a fever and I’m not quite sure what that means after a surgery, and I don’t really have my lesson plans worked out, as well! Oh, and I’m really sore from my surgery I had yesterday–yeah, the surgery I had no clue was going to happen when I went in for a doctor’s appointment on Monday.

BUT…I’m not complaining (at all)–I’m just setting the tone for where I am right now. I see all the things that need to get done and it would be really easy to get overwhelmed and upset, but I won’t. I won’t because I know they will be accomplished and it won’t be through my own strength. There have been quite a few ups and downs on this journey to TX from VA. My car overheated on the way from Induction in Dallas to Houston Institute, I got the bill for my new engine, I’ve had moments of self-doubt and loneliness, to moments of “this is what I was born to do” and “I’d rather be here doing this than anything else in the world”, and then I fell in love with sixteen students in a sixth grade ELAR classroom in Houston. They are the perfect reminder I need to take me back to why I am here in the first place. I am here because I believe in Teach for America and it’s mission, and more importantly, I believe that this is where God wants me to be. He’s been there with me through every step of this process and when I start to feel glum I just have to remember that he didn’t bring me this far for me to fail. I have to remember the promise he gave me to be a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day.

Alright, I’m gonna go tackle some of those things on my to-do list and hold off on taking any more painkillers.

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