Aug 27

First Year of School

2008 at 4:55 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre

I’m carrying my phone with me wherever I go these days, waiting for the call that baby MJ is about to make an appearance. But I’m also preparing for my son Jack’s first year of kindergarten (Those old ladies in the grocery store were right….time really does go by fast!).

As Jack embarks upon his life as a student (officially, that is) there are so many things he needs to learn—his phonics sounds, how to count and add and how to tell time. It’s easy to focus so much on educational benchmarks that I forget what I really want Jack to learn this year.

You see, Jack, as far as Steve and I can tell, is not a Christian. So what I want most of all is for Jack to learn of His need for a Savior and to turn to Christ in repentance and faith.

In Isaiah 54:13 God promises his covenant people: “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”

Regardless of whether Jack learns to count to 100 (properly!) or not, I want him to be “taught by the Lord.” If God so graciously wills, I want Jack’s first year in elementary school to also be his first year in God’s school. Then, I know that regardless of his test scores he will be embarking upon a lifetime of peace.