Back to School with a Purpose
It’s that time of the year when preparations are being made for children going back to school. Some get new shoes, clothes, backpacks and school supplies. Most everyone gets a new teacher! Most kids (and Parents) are excited when it’s time to return to school, even if they don’t want to admit it. Every school year has its own unique set of challenges. I am one of 5 siblings and I still remember stories of the first day of school for my brothers, sisters and myself….
- Kindergarten - kids crying . . . mostly because lots of moms were.
- First grade - feeling nervous and looking to see who else had lost their front teeth over the summer.
- Second grade- feeling confident and looking for the person they sat next to the year before.
- Third grade- boys went to one side of the room while the girls went to the other.
- Fourth grade- Boys smelled like wet puppies. We punched one another in the arm or put a friend in a headlock, while the girls rolled their eyes and checked out each other’s outfits.
- Fifth grade- individual personality started to emerge, except in what we wore. You came into class and everyone was wearing the same clothes.
Back to school means back to carpooling, juggling schedules and not enough sleeping—not to mention, a massive amount of laundry. It also means a certain degree of worrying. Will he like his teacher? Will the other girls include her? Will he try harder this year? Will she be in trouble again? Every year provides something new to worry about.
So, allow me to offer a few thoughts. Here at Pleasant City Church there are three core truths that we want every child to carry with them throughout this school year. It’s what we call the 252 Basics (Luke 2:52 ….stop reading now and look it up) I guess you could say that it would be a great strategy for this upcoming school year.
Your kids need to understand…
First, I can trust God no matter what. The Bible is the source of wisdom and truth. Try and find small ways to plug HIS truth daily into you and your child’s schedule. Bottom Line: Stay focused on Jesus.
Second, I need to make the WISE choice. Teach your kids how what they are learning at church applies to their daily lives…at home and at school. This month memory verses at #ClubHouse have been focused on “The Hunt: Wisdom is worth searching for.” Find creative ways to help your kids memorize scripture.
Third, I should treat others the way that I want to be treated. Relationships with family and friends matter. Treasure these crazy, precious years. They do go by quickly. If you question that, look at a first grader and then look at a fifth grader. That is what five years looks like.
And finally, take a moment to realize that while so many things matter right now, Jesus still matters most, he is our LEAD STORY. Will you find time in the coming weeks to pray for things like teachers, friendships, academics, and remember that spiritual success is the most important success your child can achieve. In fact, spiritual success is the best way to accomplish all the others.
A word from the Apostle Paul for back-to-school:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7).
Don’t worry. God’s got this! Be a blessing!