I have taught hundreds of seventh and eighth graders over the last 15 years. I love getting to know my students, watching them grow in their knowledge of the Bible, and seeing them spiritually mature over time. As I prepare to send my eighth grade students off to high school at the end of each year, I finish the school year with three questions I want them to carry. I call it a "High School Survival Guide," but you won't find a road map to picking the right classes, earning top academic honors, who to hang out with, what extra-curriculars to join or how to determine your future career. While all those things certainly have value, what I want my students to take with them is something on a deeper level.
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Amidst all of the difficult and heartbreaking things happening in our world today, there is a new, unique beauty emerging. And I believe there’s something we can all gain from it. I wonder if, perhaps, we will all be able to see the big picture a little more clearly in the future.