I remember the first time I had to watch my son climb into the school bus to head off to kindergarten. Chad was with his best buddy and excited to begin this new adventure, so I tried to push down the little twinges of sadness that were rising up inside of me. But it was tough to keep the tears from falling as he bravely waved goodbye to me and his little brother.
Mothers know how vulnerable their children are. Other kids are mean. Peer pressure is strong. Teachers are strict. And nobody knows our precious babies like we do. We wonder if it’s really okay to send them out into the big wide world.
Our comfort has to lie in the fact that they don’t go alone and they don’t go unprepared. The Lord is with them, watching over them better than we ever could—and we have taught them how to tie their shoes, how to play fair, and how to pray.
Plus we can send along tools for success—from scribbled notes of encouragement to a collection of attractive school supplies that remind them (and their peers) of who they are and who they represent. We want empower them for success. After all, we’re not just hoping they’ll survive; we’re sending them out to make a difference.
My kids are now in high school and college, and I continue to wonder if they’re ready. Of course, I’m starting a master’s degree program this month, and my mother is still worried about me.
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