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It Will Leave a Mark

October 22, 2014
By Rev. Rick Calloway

I am sure that most of us have heard the expression “that will leave a mark.” It usually is heard when someone gets hit with something or falls. The mark being a bruise or a scar. Additionally, fingerprints on a wall or on glass leave a mark that is noticeable.

Similarly, I believe that it is important for us, as followers of Christ, to leave a spiritual fingerprint on the lives of everyone that we interact with. God has given me a desire for our school staff to leave a mark for Christ on every one of our students. God continually reminds me of how blessed we are as a school to have such great students. None of us will live forever but we can leave a spiritual legacy with others that will remain.

I read the story not too long ago of a missionary by the name of John Geddie who went to serve in the Hebrides Islands many years ago. These islands were populated with a cannibalistic people. There is a plaque in the church that he established there that reads: "In memory of John Geddie. When he landed here in 1848 there were no Christians and when he left in 1872 there were no heathen." Clearly, he left a mark for Christ on the people he served.

As I think about our students, the words of the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 2:8 fill my heart. This verse declares: "So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear unto us." I pray that you know that the staff of Metrolina loves your children and that we want to provide them with a great education and share the gospel with them. In addition, we want to, as Paul says, give ourselves daily to helping them grow up to be the person that God birthed them to be.

The idea of leaving a “mark” is so important to me that we made it a foundational piece of our school’s Honor Code. One of the components of our Honor Code here at Metrolina speaks specifically about the “mark” we want to leave on people. The Honor Code states that: “We will encourage all students and staff to leave a mark for Christ’s sake not only in all whom we come in contact with but also in all that we endeavor to do.” The Biblical foundation for this pursuit is found in Philippians 3:14. That verse declares: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

My prayer is that Metrolina will be known for leaving a mark for the cause of Christ. What better way for us to light the way for future generations to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior than by impacting the people we come into contact with daily. Please pray for me and our staff that we might be more like Jesus in all that we do.

I also will pray that all of our families might strive daily to leave a mark on others for the Kingdom! Thank you for your prayers and support!