This is one of our Wesley House students after 36 hours of no sleep. Literally. And after that drink I'm not sure he could sleep if he wanted to. He's a hardworker (and fun to be around even when lacking sleep). Many students are. This is the season of exam after paper after exam after paper... you get the idea.
In the midst of all the sleepless nights and stressful days it can be difficult to make space and remember that "Who you are becoming is more important than what you are accomplishing." I have this on my fridge and hope someday to have learned this lesson well enough to pass it on to others. For now, it stays put where I see it every day.
At the Merced College Bible Study the students have chosen the book of Ecclesiastes to guide us. This Biblical voice adds a very different perspective to the conversation. "Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had spent doing it, and again, all was vanity and chasing after the wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun." (Ecc. 2:11) and we continue our search for meaning and meaningful work.