Diversity in the Body
Each sport requires a different set of skills. Basketball requires dribbling and shooting. Volleyball requires bumping, setting, and spiking, which is about all I know about volleyball. Track requires the ability to run and throw some sort of object. Archery requires a steady aim and precision. All of these sports require most or all of the players to have the same basic skills.
Football is the ultimate team sport. Each position requires a unique set of skills. Quarterbacks throw the ball, linemen protect the player with the ball, running backs rush and catch the ball, receivers catch the ball and might block if the coaches yell at them enough. On the defensive side of the ball, defensive lineman tackle the running backs and quarterback, linebackers take these same players and defend them against the pass, defensive backs defend against the pass and tackle the ball carrier if the coach yells at them enough. Then there are the special teams players. Punters punt the ball, and kickers kick field goals, extra points and kick off.
If you are a good coach, you play to your players’ strengths. You would not have a lineman run a pass-route, you would not ask a defensive back to go up against an offensive lineman to get to the quarterback. 1 Corinthians 12:14-31 talks about the body and the diversity that is exhibited; hands and eyes and ears and feet all have a different function, but they work together to get some great things accomplished
Faith Christian School is a great example of that type of diversity. Talk to a preschool teacher and you will hear that they wouldn’t want to teach high school students. High school teachers typically wouldn’t want to teach 2nd grade. Elementary teachers probably would not want to be a middle school teacher. Not many teachers would want to be an administrator. There are also many parents that bring their gifts and talents to make Faith a better school. All these positions are important, and each person is in the position that God has called her or him to.
We all have gifts that God has given us. I am thankful for all the gifts that are represented at Faith Christian School in the teaching ranks and with all of our parents. I want to thank you for using your gifts and talents here. We are all better because of you.
Reflecting on the mission and passion of Dr. King and then looking at what our world looks like today is disturbing. It is so disheartening to see and hear the division of our people---Americans, humans. How is this going to impact our future, our children and grandchildren?
In the midst of uncertainty, whether it's political limbo or a virus threatening us all, Jesus is with us. He is in control, he is our protection and provider. We have to do our part and trust him, he is the all-knowing.
Give thanks for our blessings. Psalm 100:4 says "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name".
Show grace to others, even more so during this time. Ephesians 4:7, "But to each one of us grace was given in according to the measure of Christ's gift."
Let's continue to trust God, be grateful and be kind. We need each other...together, we are more than conquerors.
Stand Firm Against Distractions
We all have things that we are responsible for. Some of our commitments are to provide for our families, teaching and caring for our students, being supportive and dependable to our peers, friends and family. As Christians, we are also called to be committed to God and to His work. The enemy loves to step in the way of God’s work, he loves to distract God’s people. The enemy loves to cause chaos and confusion to get us off track. So, we have to stop, refocus and get back on track.
How do you get back on track? Recognize what is happening. Stop and ask yourself if the situation and circumstances are from God. If your answer is no, take the situation to him in prayer. Sometimes those pesky distractions just won’t let up. Stand firm, you are not alone.
Nehemiah 4:14-15 is a great example of determination to complete the work that God had set for him to do. Nehemiah faced opposition in rebuilding the city walls in Jerusalem. Their enemies taunted, mocked and threatened them. Through prayer, God’s wisdom, holy protection and faith, Nehemiah and his crew were able to fulfill God’s work.
Our mission may not be as big as rebuilding city walls but our missions can be bridges to another sector of God’s vision. Stay determined, seek the Lord and keep on building.
You probably remember the scene in The Princess Diaries when Amelia Thermoplis, an awkward teenager, is asked to meet the Queen of Genovia. We soon find out the queen is her grandmother, which made Amelia a princess. So let me ask you this--when did Mia become a princess? At birth. When did she realize it? When her grandma the queen told her.
We are all heirs of the God of the universe at the moment we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. How many times do our students and we not realize who we are in Christ?
Neil Boorman decided to burn every branded (item with a brand-name logo) thing in his possession after he realized he was addicted to brands. He explained: “From an early age, I have been taught that to be accepted, to be loveable, to be cool, one must have the right stuff. At junior high school, I tried to make friends with the popular kids, only to be ridiculed for the lack of stripes on my trainers. Once I had nagged my parents to the point of buying me the shoes, I was duly accepted at school, and I became much happier. As long as my parents continued to buy me the brands, life was much more fun. Now, at the age of 31, I still behave according to the playground rules.
“The manner in which we spend our money defines who we are. In this secular society of ours, where family and church once gave us a sense of belonging, identity, and meaning, there is now Apple, BMW, and Coke. So this is why I am burning all my stuff. To find real happiness, to find the real me.”
We often try to get our identity through our accomplishments, what we have, or what others say about us. When that happens, our students and we get down on ourselves and question where God is when times are tough. If that happens, we need to be reminded of who we are in Christ
Scripture is full of reminders. Lon Stettler, a school board member and small group leader, starts his classes on living out the Bible by having the class say with him,“This is my Bible. I am who it says I am, I have what it says I have, and I can do what it says I can do.” He then teaches many of the statements from the Bible that support this sentence. Here are a few examples:
I am who it says I am…
I am reconciled to God and adopted as his child (Romans 5:11, Eph 1:5)
I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved (Col 3:12, I Peter 2:9)
I am a saint (a “holy one”) (Ephesians 2:19, Rom 1:7, Colossians1:2)
I am free from condemnation (Rom 8:1, 34)
I have what it says I have…
I have eternal life (John 3:15-16, I John 5:13)
I have the mind of Christ (I Cor 2:16)
I have overcome the world (I John 5:4)
I have victory through the Lord Jesus Christ (I Cor 15:57)
I can do what it says I can do…
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Phil 4:13)
I can hear God’s voice (John 10:14)
I can always triumph in Christ ( II Cor 2:14)
I can approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence (Eph 3:12)
Along with that, we need to look at ourselves in a different way. Instead of telling ourselves that we are sinners saved by grace, we should tell ourselves that we are saints (as mentioned earlier) that sometimes sin. That small change can be all that we need to become all that God has for us.
We are all more than conquerors (Rom 8:37); we just have to be reminded at times.