Since I work closely with Jr. High students (I teach 7th grade religion and 7th & 8th grade study hall, and I work with a team of Middle school students to do ministry around the school), every year is another exercise in letting go. Some years its harder, some easier, but this year some of the 8th grade boys were, well . . . 8th grade boys 🙂 – which, of course, made me love them even more. I’m going to miss seeing them in the hallways and in class.
My son is in 4th grade this year – in a few years I’ll be watching him and his friends graduate from school and moving on – it really hit home this morning that I don’t have too much time left in this phase of his life – this pre-adolescent, energetic, still-wanting-to-spend-lots-of-time-with-his-dad phase. It forced me to re-evaluate – once again – my time and leisure commitments. This also spurred me to think about my other relationships (God, wife, mother, siblings, in-laws, friends) and how best to cherish and celebrate them in the midst of our changing lives.
So it was an awakening moment for me. I pray that I’ll stay true to the kind of person I want to be (spending time with people important to me) instead of slipping into the kind of person I can all too often be (putting stuff and my comfort ahead of my relationships). May you be true to your best self as well.
Blessings & Peace,