Wow! A whole week went by without a post… part of that has to do with the fact that I have been working! I probably have the sweetest summer job(s) ever! I have the opportunity to tutor a couple of motivated students in Algebra 2 and pre-algebra. It’s so fun to work with students who want to get it and are willing to put forth the effort. Also, the whole no disruptions thing is nice. Basically I get paid to chill at Panera and do math with a student- good stuff! I’m thankful to God for providing the opportunity to tutor this summer- I would much rather tutor than teacher summer school!
My other sweet job is with the park district. The variety is great and it’s nice to actually have co-workers (unlike teaching where you only see adults at lunch). So far, I’ve worked as a server at two high school reunions, a wedding and a wine tasting. Last week, I was trained to drive the beer cart and Friday drove around the golf course for about 5 hours selling drinks!
When I was looking for summer jobs, I knew I wanted to do something that would be a change from teaching and my job with the parks definitely meets that criteria. Again, I’m thankful for God’s provision. It has been such a blessing to have a productive way to spend my time- doing my tasks at work and getting to know my co-workers and customers. After all, life is all about relationships. I’ve enjoyed little conversations here and there as I learn what makes my co-workers tick. For example, one of my co-workers, a high school student, is all about money. He was asking me last week about how much “extra” money you have when you’re working and on your own. This reminded me of a previous conversation we had about the drive to get more money and I asked him when he would know he had enough. The exact details of the conversations aren’t important. I just think it’s neat that I have an opportunity to invest in the lives of people who don’t share the same motivations as me. It remind me of Paul’s words in Acts 17:26-28–> From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ This also reminds me of a sweet song by Flame. Check it out as you finish reading this post. 🙂
The free food I get isn’t bad either! If any of you have ever worked food service, you know that any food that was out has to be thrown away… even if there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Well, if we have leftovers from the buffet, we fix up some nice to-go meals like the one in the picture (after eating our dinner during our shift). And just this last week, I got BBQ ribs… yum! So, not only am I getting paid (albeit close to minimum wage), I’m saving on groceries… and having a good time at work!
I’m reminded of James 1:17 which says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ” Thank you to The One who is giving me these summer jobs as gifts! May my actions as I work bring glory to my steadfast God.