You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. John 15:16
“I choose you.” This is the foundation of true, lasting relationships. It is the foundation for God’s relationship with you. As Jesus declared to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you…” Jesus chose us in the most difficult of circumstances. He chose you while you were in sin, while you were doing your own thing. God’s side of the relationship with you does not depend upon your choice, but entirely upon His choice. The question is whether or not you will learn to build your relationships with Him and others upon the foundation of your choice.”
In the midst of this extremely busy time of term, it has been empowering and encouraging as over and over again, staff and students have demonstrated this ‘choice’ to love, learn, lead and teach. In the Primary School this week we have been looking at the notion of CARE and what that looks like. Especially as we enter these last couple of weeks where we all can be tired and busy, ‘care’ plays a big role.
At our Primary Assemblies this week, we heard from ‘Kid President’ that ‘to be Awesome, we need to treat people Awesome!’ Our students were again challenged to make the choice to ‘choose others’ and be each other’s hero, by doing the small things well. By each student being mindful of others at play time, looking to include those not engaged with others, students allowing others to learn in class and listening to their teachers is ‘treating others awesome.’
God loves us and relentlessly pursues us, so we might be saved, connected with Him, restored, renewed, learn and grow. As teachers we want to model this in the way we teach and seek to draw out the potential in the students. We aim to achieve this by utilizing the rich resources of teachers, teacher aides, learning assistance staff, pastoral staff, leaders and you. We choose the students and we want the students to choose each other, to reflect the same culture that God longs to create with all of us.
I also encourage you all to continue to pray for this community. There has been much illness, sadness and hardship for many across the wider school body and it is when we choose each other that we become God’s hands and feet, through acts of love and prayer. Join with us as we rejoice in all things and seek God in all circumstances.
You have been chosen, because you are worth it!
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