The end of the school year is fast approaching. How I remember my grade school days as the traditional May 26 dismissal date haunted me so.
You ask, “Why did the end of the school year haunt you?” Well, here’s the deal. Every year I feared I would not pass to the next grade. I feared flunking and wearing that brand. Besides, if I was held back, I would have to make all new friends.
I started Kindergarten when I was four years old. It took me until ninth grade to figure out that school was more about learning than having fun. So what, if Mrs. Brown, my Kindergarten teacher, gave me all “frowny faces.” I even got “frowny faces” for nap time. L Funny, now I excel at that! J
Even in high school, though my parents would have been happier if I “got better grades,” grades weren’t that important to me. It was more important to have fun with my friends.
Then at some point it hit me, 1st Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”
There are “turn arounds” in life and I’m happy to report that I never did fail a grade in school and while in college, I actually made the Dean’s List. Wasn’t easy….but I did it!
But, you know what? Mrs. Brown’s “frowny faces” still haunt me. Maybe I should look at those “not such good report cards” at one point in my life, as the very thing that drove me forward.
Always trusting Jesus!
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.