we must stand on something, for if not, what holds us up? what is our foundation? upon what are we building? it's what we stand on that matters greatly. as parents, we must show our children that which is foundational and true. if they learn and understand at an early age that God is faithful and His Word is dependable, then when decisions come, when choices must be made, when that fight of good and evil pierce their conscience, they will look to that which holds them up. their foundation.

each school year, we claim a verse in the Bible to stand upon as a family.

2 Corinthians 4.18

"as we look not to the things that are
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seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."

it will be a challenge, but one we believe the boys and ourselves are up for - to look past the obvious and into the bigger picture.

here's how it looks practically:

be kind to the ungrateful and the evil

Luke 6.35 says, "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil."

produce good

Luke 6.45 says, "the good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."

know God is near & on your side

2 Kings 6.16-17 says, "He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."

we pray that our children will learn much this year academically. that they will apply themselves and do their very best.
we pray that they make their teacher's day better and brighter.
we pray that they have fun and make friends.
but we pray also that they will step up and lead well.
that they will be a friend to the lonely and outcast.
that they will be kind to the ungrateful and evil-hearted.
that each produces good.
that they walk onto campus confident that God is near and on their side.