Dear TLS Community,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Change. It is something that we all experience at different points of our lives for different reasons. Change can be positive, negative, insignificant, meaningful. It can happen gradually, allowing you time to get used to the idea and navigate your own path or it can be quick as a flash, catching you unawares. Change can occur following a conscious decision or it may be far beyond your control. Whatever the case, change is inevitable.
The new school year brings with it significant changes, a time that I enjoy and cherish. It is wonderful starting the year with a new class, meeting the children and broadening relationships within the school community by connecting with new families. We start fresh, excited and enthusiastic. For the children in my class, the changes that they experience are quite significant. Just over four weeks ago, the children experienced their very first day at school and everything was new! Over the past month, they have explored their new learning environment, tackled different experiences and activities and developed new
friendships. Their courage, bravery and resilience during this time is truly inspiring. Children tend not to question change. Rather, they embrace it.
By observing children as they tackle change, there is one common action that can be seen. One approach they all take that is integral to the success they experience in response to change is that they seek support. If a child is overwhelmed, confused or unsure by change, they seek support from those around them. They voice their thoughts, concerns or questions to their parents, grandparents, friends and teachers. “I’m not sure about this. It’s a bit different. Can you help me?”
As adults, who do we go to for support? Often, as we try to navigate the changes that occur in our lives, we attempt to do it alone. It is important to take note of the approach that children take and to understand that not only is seeking support acceptable, it is often necessary. Friends, colleagues, employers and family members can often be relied upon to support us in times of need, when big changes, or even small changes, occur. Above all else, we can choose to seek guidance and support from God. We find support and courage as we make the decision to trust that the changes we experience are part of His plan for us. He “plans to prosper” and “not to harm,” to “give hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11.
Through prayer, faith, and trusting the word of the Lord, we can achieve even that which seems most overwhelming.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
I pray that God surrounds you with a special support network to guide you through tricky times and that you find the strength to trust the Him and His plans for you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
I pray that God surrounds you with a special support network to guide you through tricky times and that you find the strength to trust Him and His plans for you.
God’s richest blessings,