When I look back on my time as the College Pastor in the Primary school, I am reminded of a few key things: Firstly, how fast time flies! I am constantly reminded of this when I bump into Secondary students and see how much they have grown since I knew them in Primary, and I think to myself, “wow! Is that really you?” I really feel like children seem to grow up right before our very eyes.
Secondly, that time invested in young people is never wasted. Cheryl Bryers, the former Head of Primary, used to say, “to a child love is spelled T-I-M-E.” I absolutely agree with that sentiment. The time that you spend with them is always a worthwhile investment.
When I speak to the students on a Monday, they always speak highly about the things they did as a family on the weekend; whether it is going fishing, or on a bushwalk or even a trip to Bunnings. Playing outside, sharing personal jokes, or just chatting during dinnertime are all great ways to invest in our children’s well-being and for our own as well.
We all know that one of the best things you can do for your children is for them to know that you love them, but I also think that it’s really important for your children to also know that you like them and enjoy them. It really helps to shape their sense of identity and belonging.
As I step out of this season, I want to use this opportunity to thank you for the children that you are raising. I have met some of the most creative, encouraging, thoughtful, welcoming and hilarious kids and it’s been an absolute privilege to be their pastor. I’ve loved spending time with them and I hope you do too.
Jocelyn Carolissen, College Pastor