We are approaching the start of a new school year, and with that comes a fresh, new set of anxieties that I am trying to deal with. Cade is dealing with his anxiety about a new school year also.
Our anxiety comes from a variety of variables. For me, I want to make sure I am finding the right balance for keeping him active while still conserving his energy so he can have a couple of extra-curricular activities.
For Cade, his biggest worry involves everything, including the school work itself, getting harder for him. He gets frustrated easily and especially with school work so that will be a real big challenge for us.
For me, school work always came easily and I saw it as my job. I worked really hard, got good grades and saw myself attending college and having a career. I didn’t think about other options besides academics.
But the more I go through life, I realize that good grades are not the most important. I want both my boys to do their best in school, but I have come to realize their character development matters so much more. Employers prefer trainable people. And being trainable is something that I think comes more from your character than from a book.
And while listening to Pandora this morning, a song came on that I have heard many times before, but it has stuck with me for the rest of the morning. It is the song “You Are More” by Tenth Avenue North. The chorus states as follows:
You are more than the choices that you’ve made. You are more than the sum of your past mistakes. You are more than the problems you create. You’ve been remade.
I think this chorus fits perfectly with my awareness of their character development. I think that this will become my prayer for my boys as we start this school year. But more than that I want to pray this over our whole school. Childhood and school are tough. But if we can develop their character and help them realize the lyrics in this chorus, I think we can change the future! Who’s with me?