“I’m never going to use this when I grow up, so what’s the point?” this statement came from my mouth as a 16-year-old high school senior to my teacher, Mr. Jim Carey. As I said that comment, I watched as he grew quiet, a smile came on his face and he replied, “Just wait and see.”
At that time, I didn’t realize what he meant, and in my mind, I felt like I knew exactly what I was talking about. Doesn’t every high school senior? I would never use algebra again, so why should I even worry about it? Little did I know that while I may not use algebra on a daily basis (and yes, I can easily ask Siri and find the answer to my problem), that his comment “Just wait and see,” would mean so much more.
When I think back to my comment and his answer, I realize that it wasn’t about the use of algebra, it was about the big picture. He was trying to teach me something. He taught me that I was creating habits that would stick with me as I journey through life. He was teaching me that while I may never use algebra again, I would use the habits that I was forming. If I was so quick to give up and not try my best, would I take that attitude with me in my job, my marriage, my relationship with God?
He taught me that if there is a job worth doing, it is worth doing well. No matter what it is, if you are going to try something, give it your absolute best. You won’t excel in every area, but you can be proud to say you did your best and you finished what you started. The Bible says In Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
He taught me that my name is associated with what I do. Would I be known as the girl who was always willing to give up when things got hard and couldn’t figure them out? Or, when my name is said, would people know they could count on me to do the task I’ve been given to the best of my ability?
No matter what situation you may find yourself in, and no matter what the task is that lies before you, start creating habits of doing your best and never ever giving up!
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Tabitha (Trieber) Fanara has worked alongside her husband, principal of NVBS, for nearly 15 years. She grew up at North Valley as a pastor’s kid and has seen ministry from all sides. The Fanaras have four wonderful children. Mrs. Fanara also oversees the nursery department at NVBC.