Today, I am getting ready to go to go and stay with three of my grandchildren while their parent's are away on a business trip. Tomorrow is their first day of school. So, I guess I am the lucky one who gets to be there to get them up and make sure that they are all ready for their first day of school! I can't wait to take a picture with them all dressed in their fresh clothes, and backpacks, smelling of new crayons and tablets! I can hardly wait! It's been a long time since I sent my own children off to school, I hope I remember how?! I can't wait to hear them bursting through the front door anxious to tell me about their day. Averi rides the bus, and she is so excited! She is always so happy if grandma is there waiting when she gets home, so this will be an extra special treat for her!
As I was contemplating all of this - I thought, what an awesome responsibility teachers have. Whether we teach our children at home, or send them to public school to be taught, we, as "teachers", have a huge responsibility to instill in our our children a love of learning and a responsibility to help them learn all that they can. David A. Bednar said:
"Understanding who we are, where we came from, and why we are on the earth places upon each of us a great responsibility both to learn how to learn and to learn to love learning."
"Secular knowledge, has for us eternal significance. We believe that God, our Heavenly Father, wants us to live the life that He does. All we can learn that is true while we are in this life will rise with us in the Resurrection. And all that we can learn will enhance our capacity to serve. That is a destiny reserved not alone for the brilliant, those who learn the most quickly, or those who enter the most respected professions. It will be given to those who are humbly good, who love God, and who serve Him with all their capacities, however limited those capacities are—as are all our capacities, compared with the capacities of God."
~Henry B. Eyring~
I pray that you will feel a debt of gratitude to the Master Teacher, our Savior Jesus Christ, as you send your children off to school, or as you sit with them at your kitchen table to study and learn today. I pray that you will sense the great service that a loving Heavenly Father expects you to give to His children and that you will see the opportunities to learn all that He has prepared for you.