“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:10
When I was a kid, I used to love to watch the TV series “Mission Impossible.” Each week, the team would face what was seemingly an impossible task in an attempt to save lives and preserve our country. Even though that TV series was fictional the storyline kept me on the edge of my seat each week.
Similarly, we live in a world today that many times is in desperate shape and poses many dangers. As a Christian, it should be our desire to bring hope and help to a world of hurting people. The idea of such a task seems so overwhelming when you think about it. Making a difference for Christ in this culture does seem like “Mission Impossible.”
Where do we begin a pursuit of this magnitude? What difference can an ordinary person like you and me make? I believe that it must begin by taking our eyes off of ourselves and our own inabilities and instead focus on the fact that we serve a great God who specializes in doing the impossible.
I love the prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10. It is a great model for us to pray when it comes to asking God to use us for His glory. Jabez directly petitions God and asks Him to “enlarge his territory.” In other words, he is asking God to use him beyond what he could think or imagine. I have seen this truth in my own life. When I joined MCA 17 years ago, I never imagined that God would take this small fledgling school and grow it beyond what I could think or imagine. The growth has never been about me but about what God could do through staff and families who were committed to His purpose.
After asking God to “enlarge his territory”, Jabez also petitioned God to “keep me from evil.” With this petition, Jabez is asking God to protect him from evil. This request by Jabez allows us to see his heart in regards to the first request. Jabez does not want to grieve God by doing something like thinking too much of himself when God uses him more. He had a pure motivation for God using him more.
I am convinced that God is wanting to do the impossible in each of our lives. He desires to “enlarge your territory.” By enlarging our territory, God is not wanting to give us more stuff but instead He desires to use us for greater things in His Kingdom.
What impossibilities are you facing today? Are you ready to ask God to use you to impact the world in which we live? I pray that the prayer of Jabez will challenge us to get our eyes off what we see as impossible and focus our hearts on a God who stands ready to make possible that which seems impossible. May God “enlarge our territories” for His glory!
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Lauri Leopard. She has been teaching at MCA for 15 years and is currently serving as the 6th grade Science and Bible teacher, as well as Yearbook Advisor. Mrs. Leopard’s favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” We asked Mrs. Leopard why she enjoys teaching at MCA and this is what she said:
“I like working at MCA because it feels like family. Through the good times and bad, the teachers, staff, students, and families are faithful to pray for others. I love the students and I pray that they get a glimpse of our heavenly Father through the study of science.”
We love you Mrs. Leopard and appreciate all you do each day to make an eternal impact on our students!
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” –Ephesians 3:20
Metrolina Christian Academy has grown over the years into so much more than any of us could have ever imagined. We have truly seen the reality of Ephesians 3:20 on our campus during the school’s history. God has accomplished more than we could ever ask or think. As we plan for the future, we are asking Him to move in ways beyond all that we could ask or think once again.
Last week, we unveiled our vision for the future of Metrolina in the plan we call “Limitless.” This is a three part plan that includes the Reshaping of our campus, the Enhancement of our programs, and the Expansion of our community. I have listed below some of the highlights of this vision:
Reshaping Our Campus
- Construct a new 6 classroom math and science building
- Construct an arts building that will include a new band room and music/dance studio
- A 5-7 year plan for the elimination of mobile units and replacing them with conventional buildings
- Establishment of new fields for physical education on our campus and a long term plan for the development of track and tennis facilities
Enhancing Our Programs
- Growth of dual and concurrent college courses
- Growth of fine arts offerings and programs
- Growth of Bible, technology, and physical education offerings
- Continued development of curriculum to enhance all programs
Expanding Our Community
- Expansion of enrollment
- Expansion of arts and athletics opportunities for students
- Expansion of service and leadership opportunities and training for students
The planning is complete and now we would like to ask you to pray for us as we begin this large undertaking. Our strategy is to incur little to no debt so therefore we must present our needs to the people of God and ask Him to move on the hearts of His people to provide so that all the components of “Limitless” will be accomplished in the coming years.
For more information on “Limitless” and how you can get involved in this project, please click on the following link: http://www.metrolinachristian.org/support-mca/limitless.cfm I look forward to providing more updates in the days ahead! Thank you for your prayers and support!
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
I am convinced that one of the dangers that we face today in Christianity is that of becoming too much like the world and not like Christ. The culture we live in is working hard to mold us and our children into its image. We see how this culture is using areas such as television and social media to attempt to transform our thinking. Even many churches today have abandoned elements of Biblical truth in order to be more cool and relevant to our culture.
How can we protect ourselves and our families from the effects of this culture and lead our families to be more like Christ? Romans 12:2 gives us three ways to do this.
1. We must not copy the customs and behavior of this culture.
Do others know that we are Christians by our lifestyle or do we simply fit into this culture?
2. We must allow Him to transform us.
Have we given our hearts completely to living for God and loving Him or is chasing the American dream our focus?
3. We need to allow God to change our thinking.
Has the world’s definition of success kept us from God’s design for our lives? Is modeling a Godly lifestyle for our children a priority for us? Do our kids see us studying God’s Word? Do our kids see us pray? Better yet, do we pray with them?
Following the truth of Romans 12:2 will cause us to be looked upon differently by the world. Many will not understand this different way of thinking and will consider our path foolish. However, Romans 12:2 tells us that if we will do these three things then we will find God’s will for our lives. Not only will we discover His will, but we will also discover a peace and contentment that God alone brings to our lives.
I read something Dr. Billy Graham said a few years back that illustrates the truth of Romans 12:2. Dr. Graham declared: “The men who followed Jesus were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same."
I pray that as we live out the truth of Romans 12:2 our world will never be the same!
It is Team Member Tuesday and today we are recognizing Jennie Carey. She has been at MCA for 8 years and is currently teaching 4th grade. Mrs. Carey’s favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 5:5b-6: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may lift you up in due time.” We asked Mrs. Carey why she enjoys working at MCA and this is what she said:
“I have always enjoyed teaching and I especially love teaching my 4th graders. I have been teaching 4th graders for 20 years. I am so thankful that God clearly opened the door for me to become part of the MCA family. What a joy to share spiritual truths with my students and watch them grow in their walk with the Lord as they move on to the middle and high school years! It has been a privilege to work as a team with so many wonderful MCA parents.”
We love Mrs. Carey and are so thankful for all she does each day for her students!
He prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.” 2 Chronicles 6:14
These last two weeks have been such a great reminder of how good God is to us here at Metrolina. We have renewed our accreditation just this week as we have hosted a team from ACSI and SACS. Our staff and faculty have worked so hard to make our school one of distinction and quality. What a blessing it is to have an accreditation team from the outside affirm that.
God has also reminded me this past week of how good He has been to us by providing us with such great students and families. We have just experienced an overwhelming response to re-enrollment and an overflow response to the first week of Open Enrollment. God has indeed been so good to us.
As 2 Chronicles 6:14 declares, He has kept His promises and shown us His unfailing love all these years here at our school. I pray that I will never take for granted how much God has blessed us here at Metrolina. There is no one like our God. I would have never dreamed 17 years ago when I started at this young small school of all that the Lord would do in this place and the community that He would build. I praise Him for what He has done and I look with great anticipation to all that He will do in the years to come on this campus.
The staff and I appreciate your support more than you will ever know. I promise that we will always work hard to continually improve our programs and create additional opportunities each year that will allow our students to grow academically and spiritually. Our students deserve our best each day! More than that, we will work each day to honor God and point our students toward Him.
With that in mind, let me invite you to a short meeting on February 12th in the FBCIT Worship Center at 6:45 p.m. That night, I will unveil our new building plans as well as share our vision for the enhancement of our program. The Welcome to High School and Middle School nights and the College Planning seminar will follow this presentation. Families of all ages are invited to the vision casting portion at the beginning. I promise to keep you a very short time.
Once again, thank you for the love and support you show our staff and faculty. You are a blessing to us!
Today is Team Member Tuesday and we are recognizing Brenda Harkey. She is our Registrar and has been at MCA for 17 years. Mrs. Harkey’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 91:1 – “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” We asked Mrs. Harkey why she enjoys working at MCA and this is what she said:
“Being a part of MCA gives me the opportunity to work and fellowship with a group of people that love God. It gives me the wonderful experience of serving the families of MCA and the community and a chance to show the love of Christ each day. There is nothing greater than seeing Christ through the eyes of children and investing in their lives.”
Thank you Mrs. Harkey for your faithful years of service! We love having you in the MCA family and appreciate all you do each day to make MCA a better place.