Post by: Elliot Holm
I, of course, always have to relate all of my stories to my teaching job, because I learn so many things from my work with my students. One of my latest lessons, I just had to do with my Seniors, who I'm about to say goodbye to on Friday, so they got me thinking. I was doing a lesson on getting a job and keeping one, and how to go about those things. The author who I'm using for my book study talked about starting a new job and using the powers of observation to learn how to fit in for different office environments; like how to dress, how to talk, how long of lunches you can take, etc. The author said one of the worst things you can do in this instance is to trust your gut before observing what's going on around you. This can get you into all kinds of trouble, when you're new to a job and treat every day like casual Friday while you take 3 hour lunches!
This lesson got me thinking, though, that there must be so many other places you can apply this kind of logic. I began thinking about the lessons I learn at BUMC, and how I don't use the lessons as much as I should. We often use church as a sort of "refueling" process to get set for our week, and go into Monday and beyond with the voice of the Holy Spirit in the forefront of our heads. But as the week goes on, sometimes the voice gets replaced by responsibilities, burdens, and fatigue. That's when our "thinking with my gut" tends to kick in. We forget about the patience, kindness, and compassion we should be showing others by slowing down and listening to our voice, and instead replace it with the quick thinking, fast wit, and decisiveness that the 21st century has come to demand of us.
Now, I'm not saying that trusting your gut doesn't have a place in the world; I've also made some decisions I'm very proud of, that I attribute to going with my first instinct. What I'm saying is this part of life is always about balance. As often as you can, step back, observe what's going on around you before you act on all your impulses, and think back to all the lessons you learn on Sundays, and use those lessons to guide you through your week. I'll be right there with you, doing my best to do the same.
Elliott has been attending BUMC since 2012 with his wife, Kyla. Since attending, he has worked with technology for services, as well as camera work on Easter and Christmas, while Kyla sings. He is a high school Gifted and Talented teacher at Wheat Ridge High School, and is in his 6th year of teaching. He lives in Arvada with his wife and two dogs.