We’re nearing August, and pretty much everyone is feeling like a kindergartener. 

Like we know what school is, but we don’t have a clue what to expect.

We know things will look different.

We know processes will be different.

We know our kids won’t be swapping cookies in the cafeteria or sharing glue sticks in art.

And it just about breaks our hearts.

Because we like the familiar.

We reminisce about our childhoods.

We worry what’s going to happen when their allergies start acting up and when a friend gets sick. 

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And we feel our tummies grumbling.

And our hearts speed up.

Because there is always risk involved. 

And we have no idea how in the world everything is going to work out. 

But here’s the thing—we’re prepared for it.

Just like we knew enough to start our very first day of school years ago.

We didn’t know it all back then. We had to learn.

Writing. Spelling. Eventually Algebra and Physical Science.

But that’s why we were there in the first place. To learn.

And each new year, our skillsets grew as we did.

Each year, we overcame obstacles and put in extra practice where we needed it most.

And the same goes for the fall of 2020.

We’re going back to school to learn.

Some of us, in the classroom.

Some of us, at the computer.

Some of us, at home.

But all of us will have something to learn.

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It might be academic. It might be relational. It might be growing in our relationship with the Lord. 

But all of us have something we can work on.

And we can be brave just like we were way back then. 

We just need to ask for wisdom. For strength. And to trust the God who knows our future.

This school year will be different. And difficult, yes. 

But it just may be packed with the most valuable lessons we’ve ever been taught.

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So, let’s consider the opportunities ahead.

And stay confident in knowing God’s been stretching and growing us all along.

We may not know what’s coming our way.

But we can control our attitude.

And do the best we can.

That’s one thing we learned back in kindergarten . . . 

To just do the best we can.

Jaclyn Warren

Stay-at-home mommy of four on mission to encourage parents to savor the meaningful in the midst of the messy. Take your 15 minutes; it’s your turn for timeout. You can find her at www.mommys15minutes.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mommys15Minutes-543229312706302/.