Could there be a better way?

In the midst of demands clamoring for our attention, we can stop to pray before going forward.

I was appointed to the position of principal in a large public elementary school in a fast-growing community. In order to accommodate all the children, this school was placed on "double session." That meant that I was in charge of one school in the morning, and another in the afternoon. My hours ran from early morning for the first session to late afternoon in the second session. Along with this there were some school board meetings at night as well as Parent-Teacher Association meetings.

My days were so heavily scheduled that I felt I had no time to read and study the Bible Lessons in the Christian Science Quarterly. Nor could I find time for deep, prayerful communion with God. I had also placed the needs of the school before my marriage and home.

At this time my husband was superintendent of schools in another school district. We were two busy people under the same pressures of school and community. Under this heavy schedule I became very ill. As I prayed about my condition, I realized how the inadequate planning and heavy schedule had brought me into this state of illness and confusion. Unwittingly I had broken the First Commandment—I had put the school and its needs before God.

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November 6, 1989

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