Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Message from Donn Start, Principal West Valley Campus

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

A year and a half ago my mother passed away. Nine months ago my wife was diagnosed with cancer. One month ago my son got married to his college sweetheart. Wow, that’s a lot of family changes for a fella who doesn’t always embrace change! I don’t know about you, but significant changes in family will cause me to sit and reflect on the past, the present, and the future. I must admit that it is not always easy for me to let go of the wonderful memories of our family together; the way that we use to be.

Although there is much I don’t understand, I think I have grown to deeply appreciate the fact that no matter how life changes that God is always with us. I also remind myself that if I hold on to yesterday’s blessings too tight, I will miss the blessings of today.

In seemingly good times and in bad, I find Jeremiah 29:11-12 to be both a comforting and exciting promise. No matter how life changes, isn’t it just wonderful knowing that the creator of the universe has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

May we be joyful today and tomorrow, knowing that this promise is indeed God’s truth for each one of us. Do you think that your students realize the exciting promise that Jeremiah 29:11 has for them?


  1. Great words Donn. Thanks

  2. I have been processing the same things. My son Nathan graduated last year and is now at college. He always came to school with me from preschool through high school, so I have recently had to process the separation that other parents face when they drop their kids off for kindergarten. It has been a blessed, but somewhat difficult change!


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