Happy New School Year!

When I was young the three words ‘back to school’ filled me with sadness that the summer holidays were over but also excitement of a new year, a fresh start, another year of possibilities. I loved having new shoes and a new hair cut ready to start the term. (Although some of my hair cuts were pretty awful to be honest!) I loved getting brand new exercise books that inspired me to do my best neat handwriting, and catching up with friends again.

To start the next year right you will not only need to have some practical items in your back pack but you also need to carry with you some things that money cannot buy.

Pencils = Communicate well with others and be a good friend. Be courageous and tell your friends and teachers about Jesus and what He means to you. 1 Peter 3:15 says ‘Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.’

Lunch box = Feed your heart and mind not just your body. Read the bible every day. God’s word can help you in any situation that you go through either good or bad. Romans 12 v 2 says ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.’

Football = You need to have a goal, something you are working towards. What would you like to achieve this year? To keep moving forward we all need to have purpose in what we do. Philippians 3 v 14 says I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.

Eraser = Have courage and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are just proof that you are learning. When you do make a mistake be honest with yourself and say sorry when you need to. Ask your teacher, a parent, kids church leader or someone else you trust to help you. 1 John 1 v 9 says If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

You may not know what this year will bring but God does and He goes ahead of you in every step that you take.

God says in Joshua 1 v 9; “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Be encouraged, remember God is always with you and go and have the best year yet!