New School Year, New You

If you have children that attend public school, or you are a teacher or public administrator, I have one word for you — Congratulations!

Most schools are starting up this week and ours is one of them. I know how it feels to switch from summer mode to school mode, and I know it’s not easy for anyone. (Friends who homeschool, I am not trying to leave you out — I am sure starting up school again is tough for you all, too- so props to you, too!)

We did the mad dash for supplies to be ready for the big day and picked out the clothes and shoes and all the other accoutrements. We tried to get to bed early, but could due to nerves — the kiddo was starring at the ceiling, giddy with anticipation.

We got her to the bus on time, which was a miracle in itself — but it sure takes a lot out of you. When we got home tonight, the kiddo was half-asleep, I was practically snoring and the baby was zoning out at dinner time.

I’m not sure what it is about the start of the school year, but it makes it seem more like the beginning of a new year than New Year’s Day. It’s amazing how new school supplies and gym shoes make everything feel fresh. The kiddo felt pretty good heading off to school with her fancy outfit and new backpack.

I, too, remember how it felt to put on all new everything and head into class for the first time in a few months. It was particularly exciting in elementary school but got less so as the years went on, as I recall.

This “new” feeling tends to disappear after a few weeks when dealing with school when we’re all accustomed to it and fall back into the routine. However, there is a “newness” of life that we can feel constantly that will also allow us to walk out into the world in “new garb,” if you will. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are told of this newness.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come,” it reads.

While become a new creation in Christ isn’t exactly the same as putting on new school clothes, it certainly warrants a giddy kind of excitement.

I hope and pray that this feeling and more will blanket your life and your families, and that this school year is a wonderfully beneficial one, dear readers. I pray that God blesses your children and their learning, their classrooms, teachers and all the people who make learning possible.

Have a great day!