Stay young? Ridiculous.
How about grow young? You can you know. Crazy as it might seem.
Many children taught me how over my years of teaching.
You see, it is all too common when you give a test
for each wrong answer to be circled
often in glaring red
and the number of wrong answers placed on top of the paper.
At least this was how it was done years ago. Maybe things have changed.
As I’d walk around the room passing back the tests
I saw how my students would hang their heads and slink down in their seats.
Embarrassment written all over their bodies.
Students trying to peak at each others sheet to see if possibly they had done better.
Nothing conducive to education.
Nothing that inspired a student to achieve and master a skill.
Shame. Pain. Guilt.
Crumbled papers. Tear filled eyes.
I ached at what I witnessed again and again. Precious young children.
So I began a new practice. I put away the red pencil
and chose hot pink, lemon yellow, sky blue and lime green.
Bright. Happy colors.
Circled the answers that were correct and placed that number
in big bold color for them to see.
Eyes danced. Smiles replaced fear. Strength. Hope. Young.
I spoke about the process of learning and the importance of
paying attention to what they got right.
We went over the skills again and again but with a growth emphasis.
I saw the difference in how quickly my students began to learn
and how eager they were to master a skill.
Weakness overcome by strength.
Grow young with me today and receive His grace for every mistake and every wrong turn.
Glimpse the wonder of Him covering you with bright, glorious colors reminding you of
the times you followed Him and obeyed His Voice.
Open your heart to His understanding and patience.
Covering you with His amazing love.
Grow young with me today, my friends.
Dance with the freedom of living in His grace.
His Way is not ours.
He rights every wrong and gives new beginnings whenever we turn to Him.