Nine 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 now, I’m choosing not to. Instead, I’m only focusing on the positive and ways to turn every problem into an opportunity for a solution. It worked in Alabama, and I’m confident it will work these last few weeks of school.
Who’s with me?