"It's Back to School Time!" by Reverend Cindy Yamamoto - September 2021

This time of year can be bittersweet for many.  Children and teens longing to see their friends again, but not wanting the freedom of summer to end.  Young adults heading off to college for the first time eager for the independence, but maybe a bit anxious about leaving home.  Teachers and administrators at every level, poised and ready, but never fully prepared for all the unknowns that they will face in the months ahead.  And, parents, some celebrating an empty house for at least a few hours a day, others wondering what they’ll do with their time, and concerned for their children’s safety and well-being.

And then, there’s me, and probably many of you that don’t fit into any of those categories.  Does that mean that the back to school energy and timing doesn’t affect us? Oh, heck no; unless we’re living under a rock.  The advertising alone is almost impossible to ignore.  Every commercial on TV is reminding us.  Every store is filled with school supplies and the latest gadgets to ensure a student’s success.  And how about increased traffic, lower speed limits in school zones, and busses?

Well, whether we’re excited about the changes, annoyed by them, or indifferent, back to school is a great opportunity for all of us.  Consider it an invitation to start something new or return to something you used to enjoy or benefit from that maybe you haven’t done for a while.  Although school is not a requirement for us, learning remains vital throughout our lifetimes.  I loved this quote I ran across the other day:

The capacity to learn is a gift. 

The ability to learn is a skill.

The willingness to learn is a choice.

  • Brian Herbert

So, I ask you, are you willing to learn; to head back to ‘school’ in some fashion?

Jesus was a master teacher.  He never demanded that people listen to him or learn from him, but met them right where they were and shared ideas and inspirations through story and example to engage them.  And what happened?  They came.  They listened.  They learned.  Then, they became the teachers, the inspiration, those leading by example.  They became the world changers. 

You have opportunities to be a world-changer too.  The easiest way to do that is to become the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.  You’ll need to keep learning in order to do that.  Keep trying new things and experimenting with new ways of being. 

There’s a great opportunity happening at Unity of Livonia beginning Tuesday, October 5th.  I will be facilitating the course “Absolute Abundance: First Steps.”  This is a 6-week prosperity course that is guaranteed to promote growth for you and your community.  (See our newsletter or the special announcement that was sent via email on 9/4/21 for more details.)

When kids go back to school, they are stepping in to new adventures.  Be like the kids.  Decide to learn something new; even if it’s a little scary at first or would take you out of your comfort zone.  You might even make some new friends along the way. 

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  John 14:26