School is off to a great start. It is so exciting to see all the students and families back this year. I also want to welcome all of our new families to Metrolina as we begin the year. This morning I again thanked God for blessing us with such great families and students.
This school year holds special significance as we celebrate our 20th anniversary as a school. With that in mind, God has put on my heart in recent days our theme for this year. Our theme for the year comes from Romans 15:5-6 and in particular verse 6. In that verse, the Apostle Paul declares "That we may with one heart and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
My prayer is that we would come together as a school family this year as never before and bring honor and glory to Jesus in all that we say and do. I have begun already to ask God to do great things in our midst this year. We are committed to working hard every day to maintain our high academic standards but we are also committed to always being a distinctively Christian school.
My daughter Katie reminded me this summer of a great Oswald Chambers quote that once again spoke to me of what I need to be pursuing in my daily walk. Chambers raised the question: "Are you so appreciative of the marvelous salvation of Jesus Christ that you are your utmost for His Highest?"
I keep that question in a prominent place in my office so that I might daily be reminded of all that Jesus gave to me through His marvelous gift of salvation and that I need to be doing my best each day as a love gift back to Him. I know I can never earn or repay Him for what He did for me but out of love I want to give my best for Him each day.
I pray that this quote will be a blessing to you as well today and that it might cause each of us to stop and thank Him for saving us and giving us new life. I want you to know that the faculty, staff, and I love our students and we are so passionate about helping them to be all that God birthed them to be.
We look forward to a great year and I pray that you will lift us up in prayer each day as we serve the Lord together with "One Heart."