To My Children & Students: Five Things to Think About for the New School Year
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
As summertime comes to a close, we look back and realize we had a great summer. We traveled, played, worked, served, and rested, and now it’s time for a new school year! A new beginning awaits each administrator, teacher, parent, and student and as busy as August is, I love it!
We have planned and prepared for as much as we can, and we are excited to see what God has in store for the future. While the tangible items were easy to prepare for, it’s the intangible items that will make a difference this year.
To my children, and to my present and former students, as you begin this new year and make a fresh start, may you tuck these words within your heart. They matter, because YOU matter, and this is a big day.
1. Remember who you are. Regardless of how long it took you to coordinate your school supplies (daughter) or to not-coordinate your school supplies (son), choose your new clothes (uniforms), gather the sports equipment, and pick out your new shoes, God took eternity to plan for you. It’s what’s on the inside that counts and in Him everything is still the same. You are created, loved, adored, and chosen by the King of Kings.
2. You are ready. God has prepared you for today right where you are, for “such a time as this.” Some days may be hard, and that’s okay. If they are not hard, you will not grow. When doubt seeps in, remember you are prepared for today. As Mr. Del says, “You have all the tools in your tool belt to do the necessary job.”
3. You are not alone. First day jitters are normal. Your friends have them, too. Even teachers, administrators, and headmasters get them. Claim the butterflies (or dragonflies) as excitement for what’s to come. We are all excited and there are many people at school who care for you and want to see you succeed. They will help you if you ask for help. And remember, “…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NASB).
4. Start strong to finish strong. Organization begins now. You don’t want to have to play “catch up” in a month. If you start strong you can’t help but finish strong – and in the end we all want to finish strong! Set your goals, begin with the end in mind, own the gift of your education and go for it! We are on the same team and we are cheering you on the entire way.
5. Do something good each day. Remember what it felt like to be the new person. Reach out to someone new to help him or her feel comfortable in the new school environment. Opportunities to encourage, build-up, or help someone will present themselves to you everyday throughout the school year. It will be your choice as to how you respond.
If I blink my eyes, the month of May will be right around the corner, and we will be thinking of graduation instead of convocation!
These are the days! Laugh when you can and enjoy every one.
“The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace’” (Numbers 6:24-26 NASB).
Many Blessings on the new school year!