Did everybody enjoy their summer?
What? You think you still have some summer left?
Not if you have children going back to in school in the south.
For some bizarre reason educators have decided that instead of starting after Labor Day (like we did in the good ‘ol days – you know, before even a “bag phone” was invented) we need to start in the hottest part of the year so that we can crank up that AC to near overload levels and witness small children sweating profusely on playgrounds.
What gives, people? When did the school calendar creep up from September 4th to August 20th to August 11th and good gosh ahmighty some kids are already in school and it’s only dang August 4th!
I’m sure the answer revolves around money – it always does. I’m guessing the earlier kids start or the more days we count them “present” means more money from the state and/or federal governments. I honestly don’t know and don’t care to figure it out – ain’t nobody got time for all that.
So now that I’m on a soap box about starting school in the blazing heat, let me just say this – whether you have kids in school or not you should be praying for teachers, administrators, custodians, lunch room workers and bus drivers. Daily.
‘Cause in today’s world where the selfie rules, discipline is absent and parents want to either be their child’s BFF or live vicariously through their kids – the ones who deal with them 7 to 8 hours a day need our prayers – for strength, understanding, kindness, firmness and wisdom. We need to pray for those who are Christians to have the courage to take a stand and drop little nuggets of Biblical truth to our kids whenever they can.
The Apostle Paul writes a whole bunch about what we should be teaching and who we should be teaching it to in the book of Titus. I thought this was a pretty good verse for those who will be teaching our children this year:
“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech…” (Titus 2:6-8)
I for one want to thank all the teachers out there – it’s not my gift so I have no idea how you do what you do day in and day out, but I’m very thankful for you.
So here’s to a great school year – now let me go turn down the AC a few more notches ‘cause it’s gonna be hotter than a firecracker lit on both ends, y’all.
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