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Strength to Care

Lessons from Matthew & Isaac – Our CHARGE Syndrome Journey

Learn or Live?

I stepped outside this morning into the crisp cool air that smelled of wet grass and leaves. You know, that fall smell when you can make out the faint smell of apples and a hint of snow. We have been hit with a taste of Fall on this, the last summer holiday weekend in Michigan. A stark contrast to the 90 degree weather we had the last weekend.

With the Fall comes the fresh new start to a school year. This past week several area schools started, if not actual classes, at least the football season. We have been busy at home gearing up for our school year by setting goals and schedules which will begin this next week.

With all of the “school” buzz in the air I thought it would be appropriate to take a moment to thank those around us who work with our kids…the teachers and youth leaders who give of their time and open their hearts to encourage, lead and help shape them. I especially want to thank those who work with our special needs kids. They hold a special place in our eyes with their willingness to do what they do even though at times they may get pinched, bitten, scratched, yelled at, spit on or just plain ignored. I sometimes am in awe because they do this because they want to. Teachers must have a different gene in them to do what they do…a gift that allows them to stoke the curiosity and make us want to learn.

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.  Dwight D. Eisenhower

All of us have a teacher, coach or youth pastor from our past that we remember for awakening something in or lives. I can recall several that knew just how to challenge and push me to a different level.

Many of you know that we home school our kids. I know, it is not for everyone but it works for us. The most influential teachers our kids will have will be us, the parents. Just remember that life is the best teacher and it is up to us to be able to turn the joys and sorrows of life into a lesson or learning experience. I pray that this past summer was full of “lessons” for you and your family.

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given and test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.  Tom Bodett

Matthew has and continues to have many people who have a part of shaping who he is. If you are reading this, thank you…we also pray for those who are to come, may you have thick skin to avoid the pinch, quick feet to be able to take chase, quick thinking to be able to outsmart, a stiff upper lift to avoid smiling when he is mischievous and flashes his trademark smile, and most of all, a big heart to be able to contain him.