I’ve felt a heaviness in my heart these past few days, for our school district. Earlier this year, it was announced that we were a couple of million dollars short for our upcoming 2018-2019 budget. Which for the record, seemed quite absurd. But over time, that deficit somehow grew to 4.7 million dollars. And last night, at the school board meeting, when the proposed cuts were announced, it was an absolutely devastating blow.
Teachers. Aids. Programs. Classes. Sports. Music. Arts. Activities. Clubs.
Pretty much everything you can think of will be affected.
And as a parent with two children in the district, my heart was broken. Broken for everyone affected. Broken for those who will lose their jobs. Broken for opportunities that will be lost. And to be honest, there is a little anger as well. Because there has to be someone at fault when your district is 4.7 million dollars in the hole.
Sometimes, circumstances seem overwhelming. Hope seems far. And worry and sadness and frustration reign.
But in these times, I am reminded in my faith, that God is in control. And not only that, He promises to supply every need (Philippians 4:19) according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. So that’s kind of amazing and kind of a big deal in itself.
And sure… I could continue to worry. To be angry. To be overwhelmed and frustrated. Or, I could choose to see the good. Choose to be thankful, that even with cuts, our kids will continue to be in an amazing school district. Choose to be grateful that there are people who are working and advocating for what is best. Choose to know that even though I am one person, I can still be a part of the change that I want to see.
Tonight… tomorrow… next week, month and year. I’m going to pray that God will help me to have the right focus so that in every circumstance, I can make the best choice to see what is best and all that is good.