The first day of school
Scrubbed clean, dressed to the nines, eagerly anticipating or tearfully dreading their first day of school, that’s this year’s crop of first graders. It’s important to remember, but easy to forget as they march off for their first school day that these children are tomorrow’s leaders, and the next twelve years are going to fly by.
It may not always seem like it to them. Time drags on when you’re learning your ABCs or vocabulary or doing math or fretting over homework. But the days flash rapidly by, weeks turn into months, and soon years have passed and today’s first graders will be grown and gone. And it all happens before we realize it.
We have a responsibility to them. We must provide for them the best education possible in that short span of time. Twelve years will be all some of them get, if that. So our responsibility begins now and demands that we do everything possible to assure that every moment spent in school is well spent.
To do this we should get involved in the educational process. Care. Learn what they’re doing in school. Attend open house and PTA. Talk with their teachers and school officials on a regular basis. Reinforce their schooling at home with discipline and interest. Volunteer in a school near you. Today. And tomorrow. For the next twelve years. It’s important.
The Bible says, “Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray” (Proverbs 22:6). We’d better start now. Those twelve years will be gone before we know it!