During the month of March, we are focusing on developing perseverance! The focus verse is Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people. Perseverance is defined as continued effort to do or achieve something even when it is difficult. In chapel today, we read the story The Little Engine That Could. We were reminded that with focusing on Jesus, we can achieve! The little blue engine showed a growth mindset of "I think I can" when pulling the train full of toys and food. We also saw the little toy clown show perseverance by continuing to seek help, even when it was hard and when he had been told no several times. Just like the clip from the movie Finding Nemo, we can remind ourselves to "keep swimming"... to run the good race! We know God has already won and we can persevere because He never gives up on us! What a blessing! I encourage you to talk with your children about persevering. Ask about a time that something was hard for him or her. What did he or she do to keep working? Did he or she give up? If so, how did that make them feel? It isn't always about wining or even making it to the goal, but more about the effort given in the process. How did your child feel if they did achieve the goal knowing they gave their best. What a difference we may see in our children if we encourage them to give their best every time, to not give up, and the reward comes from the effort and attitude not always the win! I look forward to seeing our children grow this month. I encourage you to learn more about the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset. Ask your child! We will continue to seek after Him and grow in Him!
I enjoyed visiting with students in 2nd - 5th grades who were recognized for being a peacemaker or growing in this area. The students and I talked about why they were recognized. I even got to play a game of phone tag or would you rather with some of the 4th and 5th graders! We are grateful to have our students working on developing Christ-like traits in order to glorify God and be examples to others!