It's that time of year again. The lazy, crazy days of summer are quickly fading into the sunset and the smell of Fall is in the air. Parents are breathing a sigh of relief as the final purchases in preparation for school have been made and now it's just a matter of time until they have a reprieve on childcare and turn their beloved children over to the teacher of choice, knowing that this teacher will help to mold and make their children over the upcoming nine months.
It's that time of year when teachers and principals are busy preparing, planning and hopefully praying for a successful year with the students once again. Teachers painstakingly layout their rooms. They decorate the boards in their classroom. They buy just the right decorations. They make sure that everything is just right for parent orientation and that first day of school. Principals are busy making the enrollment list and checking it twice, planning schedules, and taking care of all the start-of-the- year decisions that have to be made.
It's that time of year when the memory of school last year tends to fade into oblivion and the excitement of a new year at school starts to mount. Children wait impatiently to start that first day of school with a new teacher. Most are nervous, yet hopeful that this year will bring about even more success and learning than last year. They are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. They are very optimistic about what the future holds and, for at least a moment, the memories of the past are gone.
As we start this new year, I encourage you to become like your children, at least in this area. Let us forget what happened in the past and look forward to what God has for us this year. Let us get excited about seeing old friends and do all in our power to make new ones. Let each new day offer a chance to start again. As Paul said in Phillipians 4:13-14, "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." NIV Thank God for new beginnings!
Who is this guy?
David Friend is an ordained elder in the Evangelical Methodist Church and has been the headmaster of Covenant Christian School for over fifteen years. He holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University and a bachelor degree in Christian Education from Asbury University. He is married to Rachel, his wife of 27 years and they have four grown children, Brian, Joshua, Nathaniel and Hannah.