Friday, August 11, 2017

Well, it’s just around the corner for me. For some of you, too, I expect. Back to school and the end of our carefree summer days. Are you ready? Are you ready for this to be your best school year ever?
Every school year is different – both for the students and the teachers. Students have to get used to a new teacher, a new grade, maybe even a new school. And teachers have to get to know their new students and figure out the best way to teach them. Just as we prepare our rooms and our teaching materials ahead of time, we hope that our students are also preparing to embark on a fabulous new adventure of learning. With a little effort on both our parts, it can be the best school year ever.
The new school year is a chance for me to meet new people, get to know new students, and even to teach some new things. But I think the best thing about the start of school, is the chance for new beginnings. What can I do different this year so that my students learn better? How can I help out more at my school? How can I be a better colleague and friend?
The start of the school year is a chance for you to have some new beginnings, also. Maybe you have switched from one school to another or even from one town to another. Even if you are returning to the friends and teachers you knew last year, you can still make it a new beginning.
Are there some things you can change this year to make it even better than last year? Maybe spend more time making sure your homework gets done or pay more attention in class? Maybe take more opportunity to really engage in what you are learning? Maybe ask more questions or do a little extra?

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.  Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Could you be a better friend at school? How about helping a new student with a locker combination or showing them where the counselor’s office is. Or you could ask that student who is always sitting alone at the lunch table to join you and your friends. Maybe you could help a struggling student with their homework or teach them to shoot a three-pointer. Maybe you could just be someone who listens when a friend has a problem.
How about at home? The new school year is an opportunity for new beginnings there, too. Maybe you could give Mom a little less grief about getting up in the morning. Maybe you could make things easier for Dad by having all your stuff together when the school bus comes. You could help your little brother or sister get ready in the morning or help them with their homework at night. Maybe you could offer to take on one of the chores your parents usually do this year.
New beginnings are always exciting. And a little scary. Change can sometimes be hard. But the one thing that you have in your life that always remains constant is the Lord. He is there for you at the beginnings and He will be there to see you through. He’ll be walking the halls and sitting in math class. He’ll be there during football practice and when you try out for Student Council. He’ll be there in the good times and even more in the bad. Always watching. Always caring. Never wavering. Now and always.

“….And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20 (NLT)
God bless, 

Kim, a stander in Nebraska

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