I recall waking up on this morning and hitting the snooze several times. I did not want to get up! Can this please be a snow day??? Oh wait…. it’s April in Arkansas. Boo.
It was Monday, rainy, and I had duty. I was feeling very mumbly, grumbly.
I poured a cup of coffee, sat down and read a passage for that day from Jesus Calling.
“This is the day that I have made. Rejoice and be glad in it….. Be careful not to complain about anything, even the weather, since I am the Author of your circumstances…” … okay, okay…. no complaining!
I pulled into the parking lot on two wheels, rushed to my duty station and determined that I was not going to complain about the rain or anything else!
It was toward the end of the school year, so I felt like I was a bit on auto-pilot that Monday morning…. just trying to get the week started.
I opened several car doors and greeted the kiddos as they got out of their cars. Some children were obviously less excited about being there. Some still had bed head and sleepies in their eyes. Some were eating their powdered donuts while climbing out of their vehicle. Some grunted a hello to my chipper “Good morning”. Then there are some that made it a point to come and give me a hug, no matter who had helped them out of their car. I was greeted with stories about birthday parties, lost teeth, and ballgames that they had attended. Just a normal Monday morning thus far.
Then, I saw a sweet little face light up when he saw me, as I opened the door for him. He hugged me and said…
“I woke up this morning and thought to myself, ‘this is Monday and I have Music’ and then I was so excited!”
I have to admit, I had quite a mix of emotions. It made me feel so happy that he loved coming to my class. But, it also made me feel ashamed that I had met that Monday morning in such a different manner than him. I woke up grumbling about the day and he woke up excited about the day.
It made me think…
“how much of a role do I play in the attitude of a child toward school?”
I have around 800-900 students. Most days it is a challenge just to remember some of their names, much less know the details and specific circumstances in their daily life. That is the nature of my job that I do not like. I want to know them. I want to understand their actions and emotions. I want to make a positive impact!
BUT, if we are all honest with ourselves, we have to admit that some days we just go through the motions of our normal routine. We forget what a difference we can make in someone’s life. We forget that we could be the reason that a child is excited to come to school. That is a big deal! I don’t want to forget that. I don’t want to take that for granted. I want to be AWARE and PURPOSEFUL in making a difference in a child’s life in a POSITIVE way.
Don’t forget: You might just be the SUNSHINE in a child’s life on a RAINY day!