September 25, 2021

School Of Rocks – Pressurized

[jeff]Today was a great day for my kids. It was also a day that I got to celebrate the peace and quiet around here at the house. I actually got to hear birds chirping this morning. I haven’t heard that sweet sound since Spring. In case you haven’t already guessed, it was the first day of school and we were all glad.

I’m not sure what it is about the first day of school that is so exciting. It might be the new clothes and the idea of wearing them for the first time.

I know back in the Stone Age when I was a kid, we wore Rustlers. I’m not talking about the modern day Rustlers with the cool acid-wash look and all the cool designs. Oh no! We had the ones that were so stiff that you would rub sores on your legs just from walking. But they were new and we were proud to wear them.

And despite teenage belief, we had Converse shoes, too! Back in those days, they were made for the poor kids and you could buy them from your local Dollar store. Mine were green, new and they felt great! I believe they made me walk taller. They definitely didn’t make my feet stink when I took them off. Unfortunately, that came later.

That first day of school excitement could be from knowing that they are going to a new place with a change of scenery. My kids around here, as financially deprived as we are, spent their Summer cooped up in the house watching TV and trying to entertain themselves. It wasn’t a trip to Disneyland this year. That’s for sure!

Maybe the reason for the excitement was because of the people they will meet – the new faces or old friends from the previous year. You would think with all this technology stuff – with Facebook and My Yearbook – kids spend all their time on the computer keeping in touch with them. They do it every day for hours and hours.

The sad thing is that I know after today, the newness of school is going to wear off. The school work is going to get harder and every morning there’s going to be a struggle to find the motivation to get there. As a parent, I try to help and encourage my daughters along the way. And some mornings I may even have to drag them to the bus stop. But, I gotta do what I gotta do.

Now that I’m older, I’ve learned the importance of why we should get a good education. In order to get a job these days, it requires a diploma. If you want one that pays good, you will need a college degree.

I want what’s best for my kids. I realize they are going to face some obstacles, but because I love them, I will let them go through the struggles and be there to help them through it. They will learn from them and it will make them better people in the long run. And hopefully, they will become successful in life and take care of me when I’m old and wrinkly.

And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. – Romans 5: 3-5

As a Christian, do you remember your first day? The day you gave your life to Jesus? Do you remember how excited you were and how ‘new’ you felt? Do you still feel that way today? Maybe you’ve given up.

Being a Christian is a guarantee that life will throw some junk at you. It talks about it in the Bible. We’re going to go through some hard times and face some obstacles in life. But, know this. God is with us and knows what we are going through. He uses these times to strengthen our faith and our walk with Him.

We are going to learn some new things and we will see the love of God every step of the way. Yes, we will struggle at times but He will give us hope. He will make a way. That’s a promise!

There is so much spiritual stuff we can learn in the rough times that will make us stronger and more useful to God. The worst thing we can do is give up. Many times we miss out on all of the cool things God has for us when we decide to quit. Just like a diamond in the rough, when it’s put under pressure, it goes from being a worthless rock to something of value.

We should think of ourselves as rocks. When pressure comes, be glad. It’s now an opportunity to learn and grow.

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