It is already that time of year once again to prepare for the school year.
Whether you are a first time parent sending your first off to class or it’s your last year to send the baby of the family for the start of their senior year, or even if you are sending them to college, it is time for a return to some form of structure around the school year.
Some are very excited, and some are worried or scarred about this coming school year. Some are different than they were because of summer experiences or life changing around them. One thing remains for certain, that you will face obstacles this year.
I pull from the old testament story of David, before he was the king of Israel when he was a young man on the run from the current King, Saul, who had failed God and had his blessing and title of kingship removed.
During one of these times that David found himself in exile, he returned and found his home where he and his men stayed was destroyed. The women and children, and livestock were taken, and David’s own men were considering killing him because he had failed them as a leader.
What did David do? Did he fall apart and lose it completely? If we read 1 Samuel 30:8 we find that David strengthened himself in the Lord. He remembered what God had done. He looked back at his life when he had rescued sheep from the lion and the bear and drew on what God had done then and used that for the moment that he was in now. He remembered facing Goliath and believed that God would be with him still.
David talked to God and asked him what he should do. Too often we forget that God should be first when we make decisions and considerations. He listened to God and his council and then he went and did it.
What are you facing this school year? What lies in front of you, even if it’s an empty nest, strengthen yourself in the Lord and do what he has called you to go and do.
Sam Garza is director of youth ministries at First United Methodist Church