Journal Entry Essay

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I must admit this has been a very difficult week; trying to manage my time, keeping up with school work, my job, and Church. It is not unusual for me to have to juggle many different tasks simultaneously, yet for some reason it seemed like an impossible feat this week. The more I tried, the more obstacles I encountered. When I thought I successfully overcame one, another stumbling block stood in my path. The reading dealt with two issues that helped me tremendously. Willimon talked about preacher as pastor and Lillian Daniels in the chapter “Casting Out Demons” touched much on the same topic. As I found myself entrenched in work; swimming in what I thought was an endless ocean, I found some consolation in Willimon’s “Pastor as Character.” Even though, I am not a pastor I felt his words spoke to me and my situation. The words “Who is weak….and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I burn out?” (page 284) echoed in my mind. In my years as a teacher, unfortunately, I have found myself sitting in the principal’s office to many times to count. I just commented to my mother on the other day, with great enthusiasm, “Momma, you should be proud of me, I haven’t had to go to the Principals office at all this year!” Well to my dismay, that statement was premature. At the moment when I thought that I was able to finally emerge from the water; which I found myself drowning in…the principal greets me the hall. “Ms. Townsend, have you been behaving yourself?’” He asked with a smile. I responded with a confident, resounding, “Yes sir, of course.” Well, unfortunately he received a call from a parent. My head dropped and immediately thoughts raced through my mind. I thought “What did I do?” Because honestly speaking I could have done something. I tried to pinpoint what I could have possibly done or said to merit a parent call. I was full of emotion; anger being the more prevalent, as I thought; how dare this parent call the principal before giving me the opportunity to address the situation. The flesh briefly overtook my spirit. After reflecting on the reading, I asked myself, “How can I expect to undertake God’s work without accepting life’s challenges?” And when I accepted the call, I accepted the responsibility and all it entailed. I must exude “upright character” even when faced with adversity. I realize however, (using the common cliché), I’m still a work in progress. So that is much easier said than done. I have to meet with the parents and the Principal on Monday, so in my next week’s journal entry, it...

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