It is great to be in Leoti, KS! I’ve been here a year now and there have been a lot of things happening in my personal life. Harvest and the fair are both over and went fairly safely and now school is starting. The beginning of school is a great time, but it can also be stressful for some. Parents who are sending their little ones off for the first time and children who may be just starting school or moving from elementary to Jr. High or from Jr. High to High School and even those beginning their college classes. It also marks the beginning of the fall sports schedule with football, volleyball, and cross country kicking off toward the middle and end of August. My prayer is that the school year starts off as smoothly and safely as possible and that our young people find numerous successes in both the academic and scholastic arenas.
However, I think sometimes we tend to overlook the teachers and other staff members of the schools in our prayers and our thoughts. The Bible has a lot to say about teachers and teaching throughout. Our teachers and school staff have a tough job preparing the next generation to succeed in life. We should support them as much as possible in that noble and sometimes thankless endeavor.
We, as disciples of Christ, should do our part to prepare the next generation spiritually. Scripture tells us in Deuteronomy 6:7; Teach them (the words the Lord commands) to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. And Jesus also commanded in Matthew 28:19-20; Go therefore and teach all nations…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. It is our responsibility to make sure our children’s spiritual learning continues all the time. We, as parents, and members of the body of Christ should be taking that time out of our busy schedules to make sure that our children are exposed to scripture every day. Jesus was a great example of teaching and we should strive to be like him.
Holy God help us to make this school year as successful as we can for the children of this community. Give us the energy to support them throughout this school year in their numerous activities as well as their academic issues. Lord, let us be able to give them whatever support and assistance that they require. Let us always be the examples that Christ wants us to be. Be with the teachers and grant them the wisdom, strength, and patience to keep our youth headed in the right direction. In Jesus name we pray.