“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Today I’m trying to remain positive about tomorrow. It’s going to be a very long but very rewarding day. Every year since I’ve been eligible to vote my Daddy and I have worked the polls. I honestly have a love-hate relationship with poll working. I love being around the people, talking to and helping them fulfill their citizen-ly duty but I LOATHE getting up EXTREMELY EARLY.
It takes me an hour to get ready in the morning. I have to be at the polling place at 5:45am. We need to leave the house by 5:15 to ensure that we get there by 5:45am. This means that I need to get up at 4:15 am. The polls open at 6:30 am. We get an hour break for lunch. The polls close at 7:30pm. Tearing down and cleaning up take about an hour. All of this basically translates into a VERY LONG DAY.
I’m typically very nervous about losing four hours of sleep and being around people all day because when I don’t get my sleep I tend to go from a mostly lovable human to a very angry bear in a matter of minutes and the day after it takes seconds… But every year I get really uptight and you know what? EVERY TIME I HAVE A GREAT TIME AND CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!!
So this year I’m doing something different. I’m going to make a list of all the positive things that come from working the polls!
- I can be around people all day.
- I can help people fulfill their constitutional duty.
- I have the potential to run into some old friends.
- I can serve my country.
- I get to spend the day with Daddy.
- I can shine the light of Jesus to those around me.
- I can tell the service members that have fought for my freedom thank you for their service.
Compare this to the negative list:
- Losing at least four hours of sleep.
7 to 1—I think that we have a winner. There is more good by being a poll worker than not. I am thankful for this opportunity to serve my country, to bless those around me, to shine the light of Jesus to those around me.
I need to remember that God has put me in this position to do good for Him. I need to remember that I’m Jesus’s ambassador, that I represent Him. I can do good there by acting as He would. I need to remember that even though it is a very long day that He will be with me the entire time. I need to remember He has things that He wants me to see/know about Him; that He wants to show me something else about His loving character.
Until next time,
**This post was originally written on March 14, 2016 and edited on 11/7/16**