Every day, I bask in the beauty that surrounds me during my drive to work. There is something spectacular about the mountains and valleys, the green grass and blue skies, the soft flowers and rugged trees. The beauty of each of these elements is magnified by the contrast between them.
I am blessed to spend my day as part of a team of professionals who complement one another – those who work in classrooms, teaching and supporting our students, and those who work in the various roles in administration, keeping the school running. A school would not function properly without the eclectic passions of those who work there. Imagine if every teacher only wanted to teach History, or Maths, or Japanese! Imagine if we only had teachers who would teach students in Kindergarten, Year 4 or Year 10. A school like that would be incapable of providing the education needed in today’s society.
In the same way, our school would be lacking if we did not have all of our students as part of our community. Each one has been created in the image of our loving God (Genesis 1:27) and reveals something of His character. I am enjoying getting to know our students better and growing in my understanding of what makes them unique.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.1 Corinthians 12:12-20
What a privilege it is to help students discover their value as well as their gifts and talents, so that they can better understand the special contributions God has in store for them to make. When students are faced with the pressures of this world to ‘fit in’ or ‘measure up,’ my prayer is that they would have the strength to be the person that God created them to be.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.Psalm 139:14