Sometimes in life, you have stumbling blocks, like my desire to quit trying a couple of days ago. My parents always told me “patience is a virtue” during my teenage years and those words forever get etched into my mind. Patience. Waiting. Delayed gratification. I continued to do something that I love doing because I love the kids I work with and continued to be patient in the face of it all, but everyone has their limits and I had reached mine. In many ways, though, my life lately has been like a giant Yield sign. The dictionary definition of Yield is “
- I work really hard with almost no return on my time invested. I got plenty from my students, who love me and told me regularly, but nothing from anywhere else. I worked my butt for them and what they needed.
- I’ve let go of my iron will to get children to conform with the rules of my classroom. I just quietly lead. Interestingly enough, it’s actually helped. For now, they’re listening and when they don’t, I just take care of it in my quiet, patient way.
- I sacrifice time for the benefit of the children I work with. This has meant losing time with my family and losing sleep, but I yielded my time for the sake of my job.
- When given my evaluation, I just let it be what it was. I did not fight for higher marks even though I felt I deserved it in some areas. After getting a poor score in an area that I’ve worked really hard at, I just gave in. In the end, I’m “accomplished” in most areas and (overall) “proficient” in the one area that I worked hard at.
- I work really hard to please other people, often at my expense. I want things to go well in my relationships with other people, and I want for people to like me, so I do whatever I can to help people when they need it. I volunteer to do more than I need to even when I don’t have time.
- I hate arguments, so I refuse to argue with people. I’d rather give up and let someone else win than argue. I’m better with written words than spoken words, so sometimes I’ll get my point across via email, but oftentimes, I just leave it alone.
- I let a lot go. When someone does something to aggravate me, I let it go. Why bother telling them? It will just cause an argument that I cannot win and I feel that keeping the peace means more than telling someone what I think about how they’ve treated me.
- When it comes to dealing with authority, I often give in to demands. I don’t feel that I can change anything, so I don’t try. If I’m asked to do something, I do it, whether I really feel it’s the best thing to do or not. I might let them know if it’s a moral issue, but other than that, I do what I am told.
- People speak to me or email me things that seem like condensations, but I just let it fly. It might make me feel like crap, but that peacekeeper side of me just doesn’t want to deal with it.
- I gave up my job in the hopes that I’ll find a teaching job somewhere else. I put in my notice and I’m just giving it all up to God to figure it out for me. I have a job interview coming up and I’m hoping I’ll get that. We’ll see, but I’m yielding to God’s will because I know it will all work out in the end. I have prospects, so we should be fine.
Sometimes yielding makes you feel like a heel, but other times, if you do it the right way, yielding can make you feel liberated. The moment I yielded to God’s will and gave up my job, I felt a huge weight off of my shoulders.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
God has plans for me. I’ve known it from the beginning and just not yielded to it, but I’m ready now. I’m ready to “live and let God.”
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