I have no greater joy than to hear my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4
If social media is a good measure of society, then there are two camps of parents as we parents who are celebrating the end of a long summer and the return of a daily schedule free of the distractions of a house of kids. (Can anyone say no more cartoons?) In the other camp are the parents who are fretting over the first day, prepping every little item and struggling over the idea of turning their little ones over to the hands of a stranger. (Lets be honest – you’ve already googled your kid’s teacher, haven’t you?) In some houses the first day of school is a celebration of the freedom of parents from the daily demands of kids. (Hey – even if you love ’em, they can still drive you crazy.) In other households its a heart-wrenching struggle with each hour marked by a quick look at the schedule and wondering if they had a good lunch or if they’re making friends.
In full disclosure, I have a tent set up in both camps. We’ve had a great summer together and I love my kids, but the hot summer days have gotten longer and its time for us all to have some time with some regularly scheduled activity. I’m excited to see what their classes will be like and what they will learn. But at the same time, I wonder what their year will bring. Will they have friends in their classes? Will they have to deal with struggles with relationships or academics? Will they have someone crush their spirit or pull them into bad behaviors?
It was all of this that ran through my mind tonight as we played a game of monopoly and shared one last summer night together. And in the middle of it all I looked up to see my kids. In their smiles and their laughter I sensed a great peace. All of these worries that I have – they had none of them. As I type this they sleep soundly, ready for a new day and a new year. They may be anxious, but they’re not worried. And their infectious confidence comes from a deep faith in Christ.
Tomorrow is a new day and a new year, but Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And I am confident that God walks with them and will guide their lives. God is watching over them and all will be alright.
As John writes, “I have no greater joy than hearing that my children walk with Christ.”