It is back-to-school time in our area. The many activities and loose schedules of summer are replaced with the rhythm and schedule of school. Many parents have been purchasing school supplies for their kids. The kids are excited about new items. As kids return to school, I would like to give them some reminders of what they should be for Christ in the school. By looking at their desk each day, their school supplies can remind them of some valuable lessons.
- Scissors remind us to cut the harmful influences out of our lives. The Bible teaches “bad company ruins good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33). The friends you choose to associate with will directly impact your life. Be assured if you are going to be successful in school and life you will have to cut some harmful influences out of your life. It is not easy, but it is necessary.
- Glue reminds us to stick closely to the Word of God. The Bible calls us to “shine as lights” in the midst of a “crooked and twisted generation” (Phil. 2:15). The way we are able to do this is by “holding fast to the word of life” (Phil. 2:16). Be glued to the truth of God’s word and it will be a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).
- Rulers remind us to measure our words. Paul gives some great advice for our students when he says, “let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29). When you see a ruler let it remind you to control your words, and limit them appropriately, or they will get you in trouble.
- Clocks on the wall remind us to make the best use of our time. Clocks regulate the school day. They tell us when to begin, how long each class lasts, and when to end. But what clocks don’t tell you is how to use the time in the middle. We only have a limited amount of time in each day to use. Clocks remind us to make the best use of our time (Eph. 5:15-16).
- Paper and pencil remind us we are writing our own story each day by the choices we make. Teachers will require students to do a lot of writing this year. But the most important story that is being written may never make it to paper. It is your life story. Each student is writing their own story by the choices they make, the attitude they present, and the love they share. When you are using your paper and pencil, remember you are writing your life story everyday. Make it a best-seller!
I pray for our students, teachers, and administrators as school begins again. May these school supplies be a reminder of what God calls us to be as students and teachers.
Idea came from Adam Faughn Podcast in 2014