“School.” You can hear the complaints as soon as you say the word. Junior and Senior High students all across the nation dread the beginning of September because along with it comes that horrible thing, “school.”
Each week when I ask our students, “How was school so far this week?” The response, or lack of a response, rather tells the true story. Students are often weighed down by schoolwork. Trying to balance a healthy social life along side sports or music while doing their best to get A’s is a challenge. I long to see students passionately pursuing the things they love, free to be and become exactly who are made to and want to be, looking to the future as a thing of opportunity and not of dread.
As we continue on our journey through 1 John the writer continually gives us positive descriptions of how we, the children of God should be and in some ways already are living. He says “The children of God do this… You know you are a child of God if you do this…” This “Children of God” theme seems to be following us through every session. We are the children of God.
Children are great at learning things. Our students and myself (a full time college student) have the opportunity to learn things every day in our classes. At this point we are four weeks in and the weather is decidedly fall. Homework and studying are becoming overwhelming. Grades are on our minds along side projects, thesis statements, essay topics, and calculations. The assembly line of education stops for no one. It’s an adventure.
Just like students have the opportunity to dedicate themselves to learning, we as sons and daughters of the Most High God have the opportunity to learn from Him. We get to ask Him questions and complete our assignments as he gives them.
This fall in the season of harvest, may we, the children of God, young and old, lean in as our Father teaches us through the experiences we have every day. May we be listening intently that we would hear His still small voice in the midst of the hubbub of life.