School is back into full swing as the kiddos completed their first full week and all is well. Obligatory first day of school photo of our little tribe.
Mornings are a hustle and bustle. “Wake up!!!” Multiple reminders of what the day holds, reminders to brush teeth and get snacks, breakfast-eating, lunch-making, bag-packing and scurrying out the door to school. And then it is quiet. Just me and my coffee cup and my thoughts at our well worn kitchen table.
Though, I am still a little in denial that I have a senior. My little Sara Jayne has grown into a young lady, almost 18 and I just can hardly believe it! I was so, so happy that I was able to go down to the school for a few minutes to catch her address the student body (as Student Council President) on the first day back to school and I watched with amazement and felt like I was glowing with pride. Wow. What a brave girl. I remember how excited she was on the first day of kindergarten – she didn’t need me, she was so ready to go! But there were others – little ones that needed her. There she was, five years old, calming the fears of those that were less than happy about leaving their mamas nests. And seemingly overnight, here she was on the first day of her senior year – speaking to the some 1000+ students and faculty, relating her goals for the year, sharing hopes for their fund-raising initiatives and maybe even calming some of their fears too. I know she is so excited about having the opportunity to really do some meaningful work with her role in student council, as cheer captain and as a senior classman. And here I am glowing again.
As I sat there last week after they’d left for their first day, it really made me think about what we really want for our kids? Really? For Scott and I – I think first and foremost, we want them to shine God’s light and pray that no circumstances dim that light. And secondly, I think I want for them – independence and the knowledge that they really CAN do anything they set their mind to do – God willing. I want them to know that they CAN and they WILL change the world as long as they are seeking the kingdom first. It may not be that they are curing cancer or running for president – but that they are comforting a friend or relative with cancer and that they have the moral fortitude to vote for righteous leaders for president. I simply want them to use their gifts to do the Lord’s work. That’s all. And with that, they will indeed change the world in whatever smallish or great way that it may be.
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
2 Timothy 1:6