It is that time of year again, time for shopping for pens, pencils, rulers, backpacks and lunchboxes. It’s that time of year we line our kids up and take a new school year photo.
It is a new school year, or as I like to think of it, a time for a fresh start and new beginnings.
Each year my parents bought us new clothes and school gear to start the year, and also a new lease on life. The world was my oyster and I could be anything I wanted: studious, prankster, jock or invisible.
However, as much as I began a new life each year, I was not the oldest, which meant my teachers would inevitably say, “Aren’t you Billy Naylor’s brother?”
It seemed that no matter what, I was unable to shake off who I was completely.
Thankfully, my brother was well liked but some of my friends were not so lucky. “You’re so and so’s brother? Oh, this should be a fun year,” some of them would hear. It was difficult to get a completely new start.
It is things like this that make me so grateful for my God Jesus Christ. With Him I get those new beginnings and fresh starts. When I mess up, which is often, He forgives and the slate is wiped clean, and does not hold our past sins against us. Now that is truly a fresh start.
Published in Delta Optimist September 7 2012
Photo courtesy of Flickr: mytudt
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