Jordan Collier

Friday Thoughts: “It’s Hot.”

A few years ago, I helped lead a youth group mission trip to Birmingham to work with Habitat for Humanity. As you might guess, summer in Alabama is hot and humid. The forecast for the week was HOT, with daily temperatures reaching the upper 90s.

Each day when we arrived at the job site, our Habitat leader walked us through our jobs for the day, taught us what we needed to know, and then citing Philippians 2:14, he had us all repeat after him, “It’s hot.” That was our one time. After that, we were not allowed to utter those words the rest of the day.

What’s amazing, though, is each day didn’t feel that hot. We worked hard, each of us drenched in sweat, but no one ever talked about the heat. In fact, I don’t even remember thinking about the heat. We just worked hard and it felt good.

Just as talking about the heat in Birmingham wasn’t going to help our group, I’ve recently noticed myself repeating a few things that haven’t helped me or those around me:

1. This time of year is so crazy right now!

2. The natives are getting restless.

3. I’m exhausted.

While all of those may be true (OK, they are certainly true!), talking about them won’t help, so as of today, I’m choosing not to. It worked in Alabama, and I’m confident it will work these last few weeks of school.

Instead of focusing on things I can’t change, I’m going to spend my time working on the things I can change. Doing so may not change any situations, but it will certainly influence my attitude and my perspective.

Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Secondary Principal

Jordan Collier is the secondary principal at CAC. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, Jordan was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Each week, Jordan shares his Friday Thoughts with the CAC faculty and staff, and an excerpt of that is shared on The 'Stang.

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