I met 25 new students last week. I am wondering what they will teach me, I am their teacher yet every year my kids bring with them lessons for me to learn. My most important lesson from the last school year came from a boy who taught me the true meaning of perserverence. Philippians 3-14 refers to perserverence as "pressing on". I love that. Learning didn't come easy for this young boy and I'm guessing school often represented a place of struggle and hardship for him. Yet, day after day after day he would come into the room with a smile on his face, ready and willing to attempt anything I put in front of him. Every day he would try and every day he would struggle. I was amazed by him and his ability to continuously "press on". He only cried once. After failing a test he let the tears of frustration fall. I held him and he held me and I asked him not to give up on me, that I would keep trying to figure out a way to teach him. We made a pact...I wouldn't give up on him and he wouldn't give up on me. He ended up passing the BIG test at the end of the year. It was my turn to cry then. Now when I get tired and feel like I'm ready to give up, I think of this boy and the big important lesson he taught me. What will I learn this year? Can't wait to find out.