Last week was the beginning of the new school year for us. We have to drive our kids about a quarter-mile from our house to the bus stop each morning. It’s always a challenge to shift from the more relaxed summer mornings schedule to the strict school year schedule. This is not an easy or fun adjustment!
We have nick-named the bus driver, “Debbie-digital”. She is almost like a computer. How she keeps such a tight schedule day after day and week after week is beyond me. I mean, especially when you consider that she’s picking up dozens of little kids day after day and they are not always coming out the door as quickly, or they’re forgetting their backpack or lunch box and having to run back to get them, etc.
Last year I think we discovered her secret to being on time: she is willing to leave anyone behind in an effort to maintain her schedule! Sounds kind of cruel to leave a kindergartener behind, I know. Not just a few times in the past have we been just one minute late to the bus-stop, only to find Debbie-digital had come and gone. George W. Bush may have promoted a “no child left behind” policy for our schools, but Debbie-digital has her own creed! While it would be more comfortable for us if Debbie would relax a bit and wait a couple of minutes if we are late, this would compound itself in problems down the line. Other parents and students would be required to wait longer and longer each time Debbie chose to wait for the tardy people. No one wants to have to wait many extra minutes because of other people’s decisions. And this would be the case if Debbie-digital was not intentional about being on time at each of her stops!
Many years ago I attended a church leadership conference and one of the speakers taught on the importance of punctuality. The talk radically impacted my view of time. To this day (almost 20 years later) I can remember the session he taught! For those who regularly struggle with being on-time or who have never really considered punctuality as having any great importance, over the next several blogs I will be sharing some key thoughts and principles that will help you make some meaningful changes.