FOR... Schools - Day 4

Opening Prayer:

Lord, thank you for the teaching that we receive in your word. Thank you for giving us instructions on how to live and how to love others. Show me ways I can put this into practice. Amen

Read: Titus 2:7-8

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”

Reflect:

Once children enter school, they start to deal with new stressors. Kids are expected to learn at a certain rate, be socially appropriate and behave correctly in a new environment. Students are often learning these new skills on top of difficult family dynamics at home. Sadly, not all children and teens go home to a supportive environment. Many students don’t have adults in their lives teaching them how to manage stress, emotions and difficulty.

There is an organization at my son’s school called Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). The school website states that Watch D.O.G.S. is a group of fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father-figures who volunteer at the school as a father involvement and educational initiative for the National Center for Fathering. These men give their time to be a positive male role models to children in the school. This group is helping to meet an emotional need for students.

God has called us to live as an example of his love for those around us. Knowing that there is need in schools for students to have these positive examples should compel us to get involved. We cannot leave this responsibility solely to the teachers and administrators. Here is an opportunity for us to model integrity, love and kindness to students in a way that they may not experience anywhere else. Students need to see good adult role models and examples of good character. We can help teachers and staff to provide this example by being involved in schools.

Apply:

Consider ways that you could get involved in a school. It may be the school a child you know attends or a school in your community. Could you get involved by volunteering in a classroom or with a PTO? Maybe you could help with a program like Watch D.O.G.S. or give your time at an event, such as an After Prom?


Closing Prayer:

Father, thank you for the opportunities you present to be a positive presence in the life of students. Help me to find a way that I can be an example for you. Amen.

Terry Schneider