School is upon us, and for some of you, you’re already back! How is it going? It’s daunting, isn’t it, facing a new year? I’ve always loved the boxes of new pencils with perfect erasers, and the start of classes that seem so interesting, and seeing new and old faces. Maybe it’s just me, but along with the new, exciting start, there’s always a bit of a pit in my stomach as well, with lots of unanswered questions. I wonder if I’ll be able to remain positive, stay healthy, and be hopeful for the success of all the children, despite the challenges that will undoubtedly come in the days ahead.
We sang an old song at church last Sunday that you’ve probably heard: They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love. One verse in particular caught me thinking about the upcoming school year. It’s the verse where we sing that we will “save each one’s dignity and guard each one’s pride.” I can think of times when this is difficult–especially as the year goes on, when the same kids have let us down more times than we can count, and we have lost our hope that we can make a difference in that particular life.
While evangelism is frowned on in the schools, loving–sharing the fruit of the Spirit–is not. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control are always right choices. It’s my hope this year that, for all 180 days, I will love the kids in my charge. That I will remember to ask for prayer support by fellow Christian teachers when this gets difficult. That I will constantly have in mind that each and every one of these children is precious to God and is made in his image.
I think it will help me do this if I remember first the many ways I have let down God–the times when impatience, fear, and selfishness have stolen my sense of hope and joy and kept me from loving others the way he wants me to.
So, friends, especially Christian friends who work in the schools or with kids in some capacity: Will you join me in sharing our love–all year–for the One who saves US from our own sins and failures by pledging to do the same? We can do it with each other’s help, encouragement, and prayer support.
All 180 Days!