An Encouragement for the Month of May

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It’s May!  How did that happen 🙂  It often surprises me how quick the end of the school year comes up as we prepare for the last month of school and into summer.

Often, the month of May is the most challenging month of the school year.  Typically, this has nothing to do with the material covered.  It is more to do with the temptations that come along with the last month of the school year.  The temptation, as a student, to slack off, to rush through assignments, or to simply give up.

These challenges remind me of the following quote…

“The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

There have been many triumphs through the course of this school year.  I see triumphs in individual students with their progress through material, relationships, and responsibility.  I see triumphs in how supportive many parents are of the education that Lord of Life offers.  I see triumphs in our teaching staff who works tirelessly every night in preparing for classes.  I see triumphs through the smiles on the faces of our students as they hear about their Savior, and what he has done for them.

However, I also see struggles. I see students struggling to keep their head up. I see parents who are ready for the rigors of the school year to be temporarily over.  I see teachers who are mentally preparing for the overwhelming month of May.  I see myself struggle with what the future holds for our school and all these amazing children and their families.

It is through these struggles that I realize I need to go back to God and His Word.  The everlasting encouragement and hope that is never changing.  I Peter 1:4 reminds us, “We have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.”

Through all of our struggles, we have a God who has loved us so much to give us the ultimate gift of everlasting life with Him.  It is this hope that we continually remind our children of as they go through the highs and lows of not just the school year but of life.  It is this hope that we as educators and parents find constant comfort in knowing that no matter how much we mess up on this planet, it is all made right though the sacrifice of our Savior.

There are triumphs and struggles that await.  My encouragement for you is to keep the hope that we have in the forefront as we move through this last month of the school year.  Keep the big picture in mind as frustrations and challenges approach.

We all have the same goal in mind, together.  That goal is to prepare these amazing children that God has blessed us with to grow in faith and knowledge.  Big picture always wins because, as Christians, our big picture is already won for us!

 

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