It’s been a busy few months at Diaries of a Visionary with the weekly events and upcoming book tour. It’s also been a relaxing time with the summer holidays in full swing!
What has happened since my last post? Oh yes change of scenery and started at my new school in April of this year. I can’t say too much about work and stuff because it’s a school and there’s safeguarding considerations … but I can always talk in code whenever I can.
April was a time of transition for me. Seasons change all of the time; we have to recognise the times of transition and we have to know when it is time to go.
I remember just before I left my last school and how I knew that it was time to go. Before I left I applied for a couple of positions there but didn’t get them – to God be the glory because if I had gotten any of them I probably would still be at that same school now. A colleague of mine who only joined the school for a short amount of time is one of the people who actually encouraged me to start looking elsewhere. You have to know when your time in a place is over. Whether it be a place of work or even a relationship.
Staying in a place where you are no longer valued for too long can be self-destructive. Oftentimes when we are used to being in a certain place we can develop a loyalty for that place. When I say ‘place’ remember I mean actual places but also situations. So yes we can develop a loyalty for that place and even if not really happy there we try and find ways to improve things. So in the case of a workplace it could be looking for a new role or looking for a pay rise. In the case of a relationship it could be hoping that the person will change or that things will improve, looking for new places to go together. Often times things like this can become time-consuming and disheartening, especially when you do not get what you are hoping for. It’s times like this when we have to tune in to our Holy Ghost radar and determine whether or not the time has come. Time to go!
I remember an interview I had at my school before I left, I really prepared for the interview, created an amazing presentation and even spoke to a member of Senior Leadership who gave me great ideas for the interview. I did everything there was to do, this is how I knew it was time to go. I prepared so much for the interview but I couldn’t sleep properly the night before; I ended up waking up late the following morning. By the time I left my house it was a case of me having exactly enough time to get to the interview, if there was any traffic at all that was it – I knew I wouldn’t make it. This has happened to me on other days and thanks to clear roads I still managed to make it on time. However, on that particular morning there was a severe delay on my route so I ended up calling the Headteacher to say that I wouldn’t be able to make the interview time. I was told to come in anyway. They asked me a few ridiculous questions but didn’t have time to ask many as I only had a short time slot. When I went for feedback after the interview it wasn’t constructive at all they were bringing up some irrelevant points that are not worth mentioning here. But the good thing is I had great peace, I knew that I knew that I knew it was just time to go.
It’s not every day sit down and try and convince people of your value, if they can’t see it for themselves maybe it’s just time to go. The Headteacher still encouraged me to apply for other roles after that, so I did – elsewhere. I remember another colleague of mine saying to me at the time that:
“They just want you to stay here so that they can keep offering you crumbs. Why take their crumbs when God’s got a whole Kingdom for you?”
That’s a word for whoever wants to receive it!
Around that time I applied for jobs in a few other schools, the first interview I went to I was offered a job there. It felt so liberating, for some reason I thought God wanted me to stay in the same school for five years that’s why I was applying for other roles there, I was tired of the same routine and wanted more of a challenge. I remember praying for God to show me my next step. I applied for three different schools through a teaching jobs website.
God made it so clear where he wanted me to go next because even up until this day I have still not heard back from the other two schools that I applied to! This isn’t the norm, especially with teaching jobs. I got an automated response from one of the schools so I know that my application was definitely received. God made it so clear to me not only that it was time to go but also where He wanted me to go next. As an added bonus the day after I joined the school I found out that my nephew had recently moved house and had joined the school as well. This is what God does!
I remember the day after my interview when I was back at my old school and one of the senior teachers there asked me how the interview went. It was kind of like a passing comment.
“How did the interview go?” I replied, “It went really well they offered me a job there.”
This news stopped them in their tracks. I don’t think that they were expecting it to all happen so fast – but it did. This is why it’s not good to get too cocky and take people for granted.
Don’t get me wrong it was a great place to work and I learnt so much there but I also had to know when it was time to go. So don’t stay in an expired place for too long. When seasons change you have to know when it is time to go. I don’t know all that God has in store for me in this next Chapter but I know that it is going to be GREAT. Great things happen when you step out in faith.
By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. [Hebrews 11:11-12]
Anyways I’m off now going to Waterstones for ‘An evening with Elizabeth Acevedo and Akala.’ She is the author of a young adult novel, The Poet X, a New York Times Bestseller. Surround yourself with inspirational people.
- Saturday 17thAugust 5pm-9pm: DOV is going to be showcasing at an event called Artists and Authors, if you fancy yourself a bit of a creative writer then come along. DM for more details.
- DOV School tour of “I AM Bodel” starts September 2019 so once the venues are confirmed more details will be posted. If you would like us to visit your school then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care and stay focused on achieving your dreams and goals. Don’t let anything stop you because God has destined you for great things.
Until next time xoxox