• Alexandra Jensen

A Time For Everything

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NLT)

Nature never ceases to amaze me.

The way the seasons come and go.

The bird feeder in my backyard being filled, only to be found empty again the next day.

The squirrels teasing my poor sweet dog; always fussing and flipping their tails.

Babies growing up, and becoming small children. Their parents find themselves behind the lens of a camera, taking their baby’s first day of school photo, wondering, Where did the time go?

Each one of your students will enter your classroom, and leave one final time, on the last day of school. They will enter and exit, but hopefully they will leave in a different way; in a better way; more loving and compassionate than they were before.

Our time with our students is precious and short-lived.

A mother rocks her newborn to sleep in the wee hours of a dark morning; wondering, when will this end?

A teacher wakes up at 5:30 AM. Students are loud and disrespectful throughout the day, and she too wonders, when will this end?

Although there is some struggle, there is beauty in the end.

Five years down the road, that same mother wishes she could revisit those moments of rocking her newborn to sleep in her arms, one last time.

You discover that one of your former students, (who was a handful to say the least,) is now the star football player at Oklahoma State University.

The time that you have with your students is precious and short-lived. They will remember you by your love; so lavish it upon them each, and every day.

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