Working in education is difficult even when all is well with the world. BUT the last two years have been especially trying.
You know what I’m talking about:
- COVID-19 protocols
- Virtual learning
- Mask mandates
- Constant cleaning and sanitizing of EVERYTHING!
- Speech issues in young children who have grown up without the benefit of watching people’s mouths while speaking
And that’s just the day-to-day reality! What about the little ones who have other stresses in their young lives?
— Chronic health conditions that require constant monitoring
— Extended family living in war zones
— Babies born addicted to drugs or alcohol have a myriad of health and behavioral issues
— Children who are stinky due to infrequent bathing, wearing the same clothes for a week, inattention to diaper changes or potty training
— Too many families living in a small space
— Watching inappropriate TV shows, movies or videos OR playing adult video games
— A parent in jail
— Physical or emotional abuse
— The murder of a local 5-year-old
In looking back over the last couple of years, the following scriptures and plenty of prayer have helped me keep things in the proper perspective.
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 19:14 NKJV
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4 NKJV
It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. – Luke 17:2 NKJV
…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 NKJV