September 8, 2017
Do any of you remember when school started after Labor Day? I know this is showing my age, but I have fond memories of Labor Day weekend being the last hurrah of summer before the new school year began. Now it is more of a time to catch our breath, reset and be ready to go as school is already in full swing. It struck me when I looked at the calendar today that mid-quarter of our first quarter is next week. That means after next week we are 1/8 of the way through the school year. Time is already going by too quickly.
So how do we slow down? How do we enjoy the moment we are in rather than just look forward to the next big thing/day/event on our calendar? Sometimes I spend the school year looking at the next thing and before I know it the year is gone. We have 8th Grade Day next week, homecoming the week after, senior night two weeks after that, then only three weeks until the start of basketball, three weeks after that is Thanksgiving and we all know once we are finished with Thanksgiving it might as well be Christmas. See how easy it is to just have four months evaporate?
Psalm 46:10 tells us: "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (NIV) I know I often need to slow down. A goal of mine this year is to be more present with the people I am around. I don't want to worry about the next thing and miss the current thing. Our time is a precious gift from God. He tells us to be still. God is in charge no matter how we try to wrestle that control away from Him. Trust in Him and slow down. This is what I will continually be telling myself this year.
Mr. Robert Koehne