Back To School Prayer Challenge, Day 4: A Student of Commitment
“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do,
long after the mood you said it in has left you.”
“And do not grow weary in doing good,
for in due season, you shall reap – if you do not lose heart.”
These last four days of the prayer challenge, we’ll be praying specific values/character traits for our kids as they go back to school. Today’s trait is being committed. Committed is defined as ““. Pretty straight forward! It’s my desire to see my kids take on this school year with a level of commitment that promises their best.
My two school-aged children are both naturally competitive. I don’t know where they got that from! 😉 But they both have a tendency to get VERY wrapped up in perfect grades, getting every answer right, being the best. My daughter literally taught herself to read through pure determination….because…wait for it…her older brother had the audacity to learn to read before her. Ha! But, as their mom, I know that it’s inevitable that they will run into something they struggle with. Maybe division, or grammar, or P.E., but there will be something. So even though they are doing really well right now, I still try to emphasize constantly that all I want is their BEST. If my kids are committed to giving their best, then I will always be proud of the result. That means I’ll be just as proud of an A+ on a test, as I am of a C- that they got on something they struggled with.
So let’s pray for our children this year, that regardless of what is thrown at them – they will be committed to doing their best. Even when they are frustrated, or nervous, tired or overwhelmed — pray that they will push through. And what goes hand-in-hand with that is our ability as parents to offer encouragement and motivation when needed. So let’s also pray that the Lord will help us know the right words to say when our children need encouragement.
Tomorrow, we’ll be praying that our children will be compassionate this school year. See you then!