(This is the final installment of our School Prep series, encouraging our hearts to start the school year well…If you missed Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here.)

Have you caught me lately in the school supply aisle, daydreaming obsessively with shining eyes and a radiant glow about me? I’ve actually heard rumors that there are people in the world who resent the interference of these amazing pens, folders, sticky notes, glue bottles and snazzy protractors into their lazy summer days! Can you believe that? To me, it is always a signal of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

There are fresh starts ahead: new little chickadees to squeeze, minds to mold, books to share, jokes to crack, stories to write, giftings to empower. I wait with expectation to meet the band of disciples that Jesus is entrusting to my care for the next nine life-shaping months. In other words, it’s time for school!

I love the sign that hangs outside my door. It says, “When you enter this classroom, you are scientists. You are authors. You are explorers. You are artists. You are important. You are loved. You are the reason we are here!” It’s a continual reminder of God’s mighty purposes in this generation that we are partnering together to raise up in His kingdom. What a privilege!

This 4th grade “Learning Zone” just happens to be one of my little corners of the world to practice the Great Commission. (We each have our own!) But I like to take it personally when Jesus said to go into all the world, make disciples, and TEACH them.

And yes, I get to do it all with brand spanking new pencils, notebooks, markers, scissors, planners, index cards…highlighters…Sharpies…..paper clips……..

This post was written by Jill Brown. To read more about her, click here