Back to school.
It’s that time of year again.
Time to dust the locker room and prepare the classroom. Time to lay out the backpacks and gather the necessary supplies. Yet this year the school season looks very different. The usual air of excitement has been replaced by a thick smog of anxiety. The usual delight that comes with new learning opportunities has been superseded by the unease of virtual and hybrid learning, the threat of sickness, the risk of social proximity for those gathering in person, and the fear of missing out.
And to top it all off, there seems to be layer upon layer of needless and superfluous judgment. Parents of homeschooled and virtual-learning students are all too quickly criticizing parents who can and choose to send their children back for in-person learning. In-person learning parents scoff at those who can and choose to keep their kids at home. Teachers are denouncing administrators. Administrators are blaming school board members. Politicians are condemning administrators and school boards, and for things that are far too often beyond any of our control.
Perhaps it’s time we all went back to school.
Perhaps this season we might embrace the great opportunity we have to relish in this spirit of learning by choosing to learn ourselves — to remind ourselves to measure out, each one of us, heaping doses of biblical kindness instead of judgment, negativity, and despair.
It’s the medicine we need, after all. Every person has been affected in some way by this pandemic. Some have gotten sick. Some have lost jobs. Others have struggled mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and in other ways. Some have died. We need more than ever an attitude of mercy. We need to walk softly and embrace a Godly perspective that is “slow to anger.” We need to fill our conversations, our sermons, our social media posts with words that offer compassion and grace. We need an ongoing, open dialogue that abounds “in love” rather than harangues or terse interjections teeming with harshness and unnecessary disdain (Psalm 103:8 NIV).
Because our children are watching.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ginger McPherson