Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. ~Brennan Manning
You. Guys. This just got real! What happened? Where does the time go? I know a lot of you reading this have little one’s in school. Several just sent there’s off for the first time. Can I just tell you… oh my stars! There really aren’t words to describe it is there? You mom’s know. That’s your baby! That’s my baby I just sent out into the BIG REAL WORLD all by himself. We struggled (well I struggled really) all summer with whether to wait one more year. With a July birthday, he will be the youngest. I’ve gotten lots of advice from wise people I respect. Some say hold him off. Boys mature slower and waiting one more year will be better. Some said to go ahead, it will be great for him. He is so smart he will love it. I prayed, prayed hard. Bart knew my issue was really more of a letting go issue and not really an issue of having peace about the decision. I came to terms with that myself.
So…we now have a Kindergartner! Ah, did I just say that? I know this sounds silly, but really y’all. Wasn’t this just yesterday?
Look at that sweet boy walking to preschool for the first time. That little Buzz backpack was bigger then he was. But you know, he is so excited. And I am really excited for him. We love his teacher! I have such a tremendous LOVE for teachers now that I have a child of my own in their care all week. School really is a big deal. They learn so much. They grow so much. But my prayer for Little B is that he learns and grows and remembers what life is really about. I want him to know that being respectful and obeying is important. I want him to know that working hard is important. But above all, it’s who you are that matters. Bart and I care less about straight A’s and more about how he see’s himself and the influence he goes on to make. We care more about him discovering God’s love for him and that God has a plan for him and less about him measuring up to the world’s version of success. We pray that as Brennan leaves the shelter of our home and enters the world, that he is a light! We are the primary influence in his life, the school is there to assist us in his learning.
So I don’t have to be scared. I don’t have to worry. God will protect him. He will guide us as parents just as he will guide Brennan’s steps. I don’t believe it starts when they are older. I believe it starts know. As Brennan was walking to his classroom yesterday, I asked him if he remembered the song he learned and performed last year in Preschool. ” Of Course!” he said.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Be an example for believers.”
This is who we are. This is my prayer for him each day as he enters those doors. Well, and that he has fun!
I don’t really see that being a problem though!