Summer is disappearing, School is starting again.

To Our Kids On the First Day of School August 2017


Here we go – another summer behind you, another school year ahead. Some of you are excited and can’t wait to get back to the classroom. Others of you … not so much. Either way, here are five things your mom and I want you to remember:

Take Advantage

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  • You are in a position that many kids around the world can only dream about.
  • You get to go to a school where teachers care about you, where you don’t have to be afraid, where you you can learn about anything that interests you (and a few things that don’t interest you but you need to know anyway).

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You don’t realize it because you have never known anything else, but you have every advantage, so take advantage.

  • Work hard. Do your best.
  • Use the talents God has given you. Respect your teachers.
  • When you’re tempted to take shortcuts or skip work because fun is waiting, don’t.
  • The four walls of your classroom may seem confining, but they will take you farther than you know.
  • Do the work, and you’ll be rewarded.

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  • You know that funny little feeling you get when your teacher starts to talk about a new topic or a new skill and you don’t know how to do it and you’re worried you won’t do it right and you’re not really sure what to do next?
  • Feeling that way usually means you’re about to become a better person.
  • You’re going to learn something new that will improve your game, build your skills and move you forward.
  • If everything is always exactly the way you like it, you will never grow or change.

(Here’s a secret – we get that feeling pretty much every day as a parent.)

Focus on others

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  • Most kids think only about what they want, what’s good for them and how they can get it before anyone else.
  • We want you to think of others as more important than yourself.
  • Let someone else go first. Save the best birthday cupcake for your friend.
  • Ask other kids questions about themselves instead of talking endlessly about yourself.

Some of you have lots of really good friends, and some are starting with a new class.

  • Either way, be aware of everyone else around you.

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  • Find the kid who’s playing by himself at recess and ask if you can play too.
  • Make sure the new girl who’s shy has someone to talk to.

By the way, this starts at home with your siblings. I know, I know. Just do it anyway.

Build Character

  • Learn to do what’s right now, when you’re small and the consequences are small.
  • Build the habits that will stick with you through the rest of your life.

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  • Then when the consequences are big, you won’t even have to think about it – you’ll automatically do the right thing.

Don’t wait – even kids are known by their actions, and we want you to build a reputation now for being honorable, having integrity and doing what’s right.

  • Tell the truth, even when it might get you in trouble.
  • When things go wrong – and they will – don’t be bitter.
  • Keep your head up, your eyes clear and your heart full of God’s love.

There’s More Than You Can See

  • You head off to school today in a world full of good and evil. Your sense of that world is small.
  • You don’t know what’s out there yet – what experiences wait for you, what you like, what you don’t like, what you will be and do.
  • You will learn so much this year about how everything in that world works, from science to language to the history that brought us to this point.
  • And learn where true peace can be found/

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As you begin to explore, remember there is more to this life than you can see.

  • Put your faith not just in objects you can touch, but in things unseen.
  • Remember that our heavenly Father and Lord keeps it all going.
  • Remember that He has plans for you  and you won’t feel quite right until you fill His purposes for you.

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And remember that your mom and I love you.

  • We can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year.

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  • Now go get ’em – not wise in your own eyes but depending on God’s wisdom.

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Mom and Dad

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