Arguably, navigating the storms of life as a middle schooler is one of the biggest challenges in life’s journey. And when I tell others that I teach middle school-aged children, I inevitably get an “Oh, bless you!” response. But, I AM blessed to be teaching students of this age, and to be able to come alongside some very remarkable young people and experience life with them.
Jesus walked with his disciples through all of life’s ups and downs, teaching them to trust him, to lean on him, and to learn from him. I imagine him laughing with them, crying with them, and gently admonishing them. Through all of this, he taught them how to serve others. This is the perfect mentoring model. It is what I strive for and desire for our young ladies, especially those in the seventh and eighth grades.
For girls, seventh grade can feel like a most unpleasant roller coaster ride of emotions. And for eighth graders, it’s a time of new emotions, as they struggle to figure out their place in the world. For me, this is a time ripe with opportunity. To be allowed to step into the life of a girl of this age and wrestle together with difficult issues, laugh together about silly things we girls love, and empathize when sadness strikes, is truly a privilege. This is the essence of Girls’ Lunch at Covenant. It is a time to meet and chat over lunch about the things that are important to us as girls of all ages. As my female colleagues and I meet with our middle-school girls every other week for lunch and conversation, we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and be mentors to them. Together, we can provide Godly wisdom to help guide our girls.
Yes, I teach middle school-aged children. And I love it.