It’s December. 18 more school days, so I’m told, until Christmas break.
This week my lesson plans take the theme of “I believe.”
We all know this time of year is about believing. But too much focus is placed upon believing in that jolly old fellow in the red suit. For low income families that can make your holidays very bleak.
How about changing it up a little? Believing instead in that baby in the manger? Or for public schools’ sake, believing in yourself?
That’s my focus.
Oh sure, the stockings will be hung with care for each student in room 309. And each will be filled regardless of whether they are naughty or nice.
We kicked off our plan with Macy’s Make A Wish letters to Santa. Instead of petsonal wants, each wrote about something big that they wished for, for our world, outside of themselves.
I want my students to believe in real things. Things they can count on. Not just things they can outgrow or are make believe. Their world already has enough they can’t count on. I want to teach them to believe in themselves. Their goals. Their dreams. That nothibg is impossible. That they can accomplish anything through Christ who strengthens them. To start finding things they are interested in for hobbies and careers. And how to ask for help to reach those goals. With reliable resources.
Resources in our school. Our community. And our living God. Something bigger than themselves to trust and believe in.
And Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He will come to room 309. But only if you believe.
I’ve already dealt with one of my older students telling a younger one that there is no tooth fairy. As I told him, “You don’t believe, you don’t receive.” He suddenly became a believer. 😉
Let’s all believe. Let’s believe in ourselves. And let’s believe in the one, true God. So we can receive. Receive his gift of eternal life. It began this time of year with believing in his son. That’s the best Christmas present around.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Love and laughter,