I love to laugh and sometimes I come across some really weird things in just everyday life that make me laugh. Recently, I ran across some warning labels on products that illustrate what I am talking about. These labels were on the following products and read as follows:
Tractor- “Danger Avoid Death”
Hair Dryer- “Do not use while sleeping”
T-shirt- “Do not iron while wearing shirt”
Sleeping pill- “Warning may cause drowsiness”
As I looked at the list, I not only laughed a lot but also had to stop and wonder why people need such obvious warnings. It was then I was reminded that even in my own Christian walk I need daily reminders of some pretty simple things.
We all need reminders sometimes to be kind to one another and treat people as we would like to be treated. We as Christians can easily get discouraged and so we need constant reminders that Jesus died and rose again so that we might have “life and have it more abundantly.”
God has burdened my heart in recent days for those of our Metrolina family who may be undergoing some difficult circumstances right now and feeling that discouragement that I mentioned. I pray today that you will be reminded of the promises of God such as when He promised “to never leave us nor forsake us.”
I leave you today with a promise to claim. That promise is found in Psalm 40:3 where He tells us that He will “put a new song in the hearts of His children.” For those of you who are a little discouraged today, I pray that the truth of these verses will bring joy and hope to you today!
On another note, I want to spend some time reminding our families of our mission and core values at Metrolina. Our mission is to “lovingly lead and equip our students for Kingdom living.” One of the most important things that I want to share with you about that mission is that we funnel all the decisions and the direction of our school through the lens of that mission. As well, our mission is geared towards achieving student success in the classroom and fostering their spiritual growth. I look forward in the weeks to come to unwrap for you the rest of our values and how they relate to what we do every day in the classroom.
Finally, God has already begun to move powerfully in our first chapel services. I am more excited than ever about our chapel schedule this year. I want to invite all of you to come and join us for chapel when you can. I promise that you will walk away blessed and excited.
My heart’s desire is that when I am gone from this earth that my children would describe me to others as a man who walked with God and loved God more than anything else. I am still a work in progress but I do have this desire in my heart to follow God passionately.
I would love to have said of me that which was said of King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18:5-6. The Bible says there that “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he drew close to the Lord, and departed not from Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord commanded Him.”
I also am praying that what was said about Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18 would be said about our school that there is “none like us”. That we would always be a school that is distinctly Christian in all we do and we be a people who seek to cling to the Lord and do not depart from following Him.
Someone once said that “revival is the exchange of the form of Godliness for its living power.” I want to be the kind of person that God can trust with revival. Would you join me in praying for our school to be a place this school year where our students, families, and staff will experience the living power of our great God? I am so excited for all that God is going to accomplish on our campus this year.
One of the greatest ministries on our campus each year is our prayer ministry led by Bill and Sandy Reule. I encourage you to use this ministry as prayer needs arise in your life and also to participate by lifting others up in prayer. This ministry will bless you and your family.
I hope that as you were on campus this first week of school that you took notice of the many campus improvements that we have made over the summer. Our focus this year will be to continue these improvements to our program as the year progresses. Our plans include the upgrading of our playgrounds, the purchase of mobile iPad labs, academic and fine arts enhancements, and so much more. We are committed as a school to the continual improvement of our program so as to enhance our students’ educational experience.
Finally, I encourage you to come out and support all of our Warrior athletic teams this fall. I love seeing all the fall sports and the gifted athletes in each who bring God glory in their efforts. Our first football game is tonight at Hickory Grove. I hope to see you there!
The beginning of school always seems to create a sense in our spirits of a new beginning, much like the beginning of a new calendar year or a new job. In these times, most people start new undertakings with such enthusiasm and devotion. Unfortunately, that enthusiasm and devotion often fades quickly.
This not only happens in school and on the job but also happens many times in our Christian walk. The circumstances and busyness of life can get in the way of our relationship with God. Too often we can find ourselves in a place where our devotion and enthusiasm about our Christian life wanes.
This problem became a reality in the life of one of the wisest men to ever live. The Bible tells us in 1 Kings 11:4,6 that “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.”
Solomon lost his devotion to God as he grew older because he had allowed the things of this world to turn his heart. One of the greatest fears of my life is that I would allow myself to not be fully devoted to God. In fact, I desperately want to finish my life strong for God. To do so, I know that I must take actions and make decisions to guard against what happened to Solomon.
As I pondered this over the last few weeks, I developed two questions that I knew I needed to ask myself regularly so that I know if I am “fully devoted” to God. The questions I wrote for myself are as follows:
1. What am I counting on to keep me faithful?
2. Are there things I need to let go of because they’re pulling me away from God?
The answer to the first question is for me to understand that God does not expect me to be perfect, but He does want me to continually seek Him. My desire is to be passionate in pursuing my relationship with Him on a daily basis.
The answer to the second question requires me to daily ask God as Psalms 139 declares to “Search me, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me.” I am convinced that as I do this that God will reveal those things that I need to get out of my life. I pray that God will use the truth of these verses above to speak to each of you in this area of being fully devoted to Him.
Finally, I look forward with great excitement this week as school begins! I want to welcome all of our new families to Metrolina this year. I have enjoyed getting to meet many of you already.
Our fall athletic teams begin play quickly and I so enjoy the fellowship of our Metrolina families! I love being a Warrior!