The school year is fast approaching, and parents might be singing the Christmas song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Having seen many memes and jokes on social media about how many meals kids eat when not in school and the desire to get back into a rhythm, we know we all like to get back into a pace of things.

In the final countdown of days before getting back into the school rhythm and routine, maybe this is the time to instill those little truths that lead to big changes in your student.

What are some principles that you and your family desire to live by this school year? What were the struggles of last year? What do you anticipate being something to navigate? What do you desire to be different this go around?

Maybe you have a student who will get to drive this year and you anticipate having to navigate boundaries in freedom. Maybe you have a student who just made a school sports team and you anticipate your family having to navigate time management. Maybe you have a student taking a difficult class and you anticipate the need for endurance in order to finish the race.

We cannot always anticipate what is going to come our way in the coming school year. However, we can anticipate the need to find your pace.

A good runner has to find their pace. It is their winning zone where they are able to finish strong. Many things may come their way to change the pace and get them off track, but as long as they can stay focused they will be able to finish well.

Hear these words from Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

There are many things that can overcome us, but we must focus on doing the good and being the good in the world. We overcome darkness with bringing light.

If we can keep the pace on this one thing, a lot will change. Freedom is good. Boundaries are also good. Time management is good. Endurance is good. Overcoming evil is good.

Goodness is a fruit of God’s spirit. Let’s keep up the pace with the good.

Caroline Hare is assistant to the pastor for Ministry Coordination and the Next Generations pastor at Destin United Methodist Church. She can be reached at chare@destinumc.org.