I’ll never forget the day at Side by Side Kids when my class was at their absolute wildest. We had to have a heart-to-heart about what my expectations were for them. Some of the students were feeling hurt as I scolded them, so I explained a little more clearly.
I said, “I am disappointed in the choices you made today. But that does not mean I don’t love you. I will always love you and that is why I want you to make good choices. Tomorrow we’re going to come back and start fresh. We are all going to make wise decisions and have a great day!”
One student looked confused and asked, “But you just love the ones of us that were good, right?” I corrected, “No. I love ALL of you - no matter what.” We discussed later how Jesus’ love is the same way. There is nothing we can do to make Him stop loving us and caring for us. The love I have experienced through SBSK for my students and from my students is one of the purest forms of Christ-like love I have seen in my life.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:45
It's September and I am so glad to be back with my class and all of the excitement and joy they bring in my life. This fall is my third semester as an Afterschool Teacher, and I could not imagine a more fulfilling role. Thank you for walking alongside us in this ministry.
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