The campus came to life Monday as students returned for their first day of school. While the car lines were considerably longer than normal, the arriving students were eager and bright. No day compares to the excitement of the first day.
As the journey continues, you can expect some ups and downs. Encouragement will be necessary along the way. You may anticipate the first round of grades over the next few weeks, which can be reassuring for some and disappointing for others. You may want to help your student adjust his or her strategy for learning, and always, remind them that the Lord desires our best, which may not necessarily be straight A’s.
There are likely to be some long nights and tired bodies. Help your students to keep their eyes up, trusting the Lord and maintaining a positive outlook. From time to time I have opportunity to remind students that there is always something to complain about—choose not to complain! Rather, anticipate the blessing and reward that comes from diligent faithfulness.
Our theme verses for the year reinforce these thoughts. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).