Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The End Draws Near...

This week has been one of bittersweet days in the life of a high school teacher. Each day, starting Monday, is or was the last day for graduating seniors at Vilonia High School. I say bittersweet because some of these kids you hate to see go, while some leave you breathing a sigh of relief.

On my desk is a stack of graduation invitations, senior pictures, thank you cards, and even letters from those finishing their secondary school careers. These gifts, mementos, and notes really make a teacher feel appreciated and remind us why we come back, year-after-year. These are the kids who make teachers believe they make a difference, that time spent teaching is not wasted. These are the kids who make all the aggravation and frustration endured throughout the year worth every second.

And even though I'll be a little relieved when some others are finished, I'll miss them a little too. It's not that they're horrible kids, they're just not much interested in school, especially not in their last few days. And even though school's almost out for all of us, we still have to teach and try to get them to learn something.
"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." -- Proverbs 22:6

But now we have to hope and pray and trust we've done all we can to teach them what they need to know. All these seniors are leaving the nest, flying off into a big and dangerous world. I must say I'm blessed to see so many who graduated before doing well. Just today, I learned a former student was just accepted into the dental hygienist program at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Several kids I taught graduated college this month. And I've been blessed the past couple of weeks to see many former students making spiritual turns in the right direction too!
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." -- Galatians 6:9

So even though we worry about the ones who don't seem to have it all together, even though we shake our heads and think there's no way some of them will make it, we can look at the others and have faith that in God's perfect timing, the seeds we've planted will sprout.

I will definitely miss these kids who are moving on, but when you take it all in, this is an awesome part of being a teacher. I pray that God will watch over ALL these graduating seniors, keep them, protect them, and steer them in the right direction.


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