Monthly Archives: July 2016

Nike is Like God (If You are a Teacher from Oregon)

Earlier this month, I traveled to Denver, CO with the other teachers from my school to attend an AVID conference.  In case you don’t know, AVID stands for “Achievement Via Individual Determination.”  It is a research-based program to teach students skills to be successful in college. Lots of good stuff.  I was quite excited to go and learn new skills myself to teach to my students.

I work at a very low-income, very small school.  There is no way we could ever afford to send even one teacher to this conference, let alone the whole staff (eight…I told you we were small.)  Enter Nike.  We have a Nike grant to implement the program, including sending us to the conference.  Thank you Nike.

But Nike didn’t stop with paying the entire expense (plane fare, hotel, meals, conference cost).  They did more.  When we arrived at our first session, all of our chairs had brand new Nike backpacks hanging from them. Really nice backpacks.  Backpack

But that wasn’t the end of it.  Also at my spot at the table was a wristband.  This was a very important wristband.  It was my ticket to get on a chartered bus and transported to Coors Field for a party.  When we walked into the building, we were welcomed by a drum line and the smoke machine to walk through.  A camera was there to flash our images on the jumbotron.  I felt like a hero.  Once inside, there were people walking around with the most amazing hors d oeuvres: mini corndogs, little cups of Cerveche, and mini soft pretzels.  All of the drink carts were open, as was the bar on the top level.  And then there was a very long buffet of food.  The batting and pitching cages were open.  We were truly treated like VIPs.  It was wonderful.

The next day I used my new backpack to carry my materials.  I noticed a few of the teachers from other states eyeing them and wondering why so many of us had the same backpacks.  Occasionally I would be asked if the rumor that there was a party just for the teachers from Oregon was true.  I felt a little bit guilty.  I had done nothing to deserve such fabulous treatment.  The only thing I had was that I was a teacher from Oregon at a school that wanted to help its students.

And isn’t that just like God?  I am a sinner with nothing to offer.  I’m just living here on Earth wanting something better.  And God gives me something much better than a backpack and a party.  He gives me his own son.  He takes my place so that I can have eternity with Him.  And all because He loves me.

Nike really isn’t like God.  God is so, so much better.


My To Do List

Do you have a to do list?  Mine is in a page protector because I have a set group of things I try to accomplish each day and each week.  It’s quite nerdy, but it works for me.  Sort of.

I give myself only three things to accomplish each day.  Sort of. Those are beyond the “dailies.”  You know:  laundry, dinner, exercise, brush teeth.  (Really!  Brush teeth is one of the things I check off each day.  Otherwise, there’s about a 50% chance that I will forget.  TMI?  Sorry.)  Then I give myself three things to do each day:  one inside, one outside, and one “other.”  Today those tasks were:  make an ice cream cake (Done except for the glaze that you put on right before serving), plant the pepper plant I just bought to replace the one that died, (Done.  Also, weeded and deadheaded and pruned a rose bush.  Dan said I had enough trimming to make a whole other rose.) and wrap my bonus daughter’s birthday presents.  (Done.)

Then I have a weekly list that I very rarely manage to finish.  But I dream about having time at home to accomplish it.  It includes, menu planning and other paperwork (like paying bills), gardening, the weekly house blessing, and so on. This week isn’t yet done.  No surprise there.  But what is a surprise is that as soon as I hit publish for this blog entry, it will be done.  Done.  Done.

I do not feel caught up.  But I think I can just catch glimpse of something masquerading as caught up.  Almost.  Nah.  It’s all just a mirage.  But I did get a blog post done this week!