Fall Devotional: Falling into Challenges
Fall is coming and that means a transition from one season to another, from summer time to school time, from flips flops to tennis shoes, from beach selfies to first day of school pictures. Most of us are returning to life with schedules and homework, teachers with weekends of grading papers, early mornings and counting down the days until winter break. We are seeing our friends again and learning new things. In school each year, we learn and we grow, but we also face challenges and things we’ve never done before. School is a place where we can explore and begin to understand things such as a difficult math problem or how to read and write. As we try new things and stretch ourselves, we learn more about what we love and don’t love, and we gain confidence in ourselves. These are all great experiences!
Yet we can also be a little scared by these things, when we don’t yet know how to solve something or understand how it works. Struggling with a challenge doesn’t make us a failure. The moments when we don’t know, we have an opportunity to turn our attention to God. We remember our faith guides us and that God gives us what we need to learn and grow. When we ask for help from a teacher or our parent, they can help us begin to work through our challenges. It can be hard to ask for help, but asking those around us for guidance can help us to continue learning, expanding our knowledge and growing in faith.
Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your challenges, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. God won’t let you down and God won’t abandon you.
1. Who is someone you can go to if you need help at school?
2. What is something you struggle with in school or at work?
3. How do you respond when you are unable to do something?
4. How can we work on or overcome these challenges?
Using small pieces of paper or index cards, have your child make a flip-book of things to say when they need help. Next to the sentence on each card, have your child draw something they need help with.
Once your child has finished the book, bind it together using a stapler or string. Throughout the school year, let this book guide your family on how to ask for help.
Dear God, whenever I am unsure of how or what to do,
Help me know that you are there to lean on and ask for guidance.
Help me to ask those around for help,
Whether it’s a teacher, parent, tutor or older sibling.
Help me to not be afraid to ask for help when I need it. Amen.
Tricia Guerrero (right)
Pastoral Associate for Family Ministries
(310) 393-8258 ext. 104
Jamie Jones (left)
Children and Family Ministry Intern