Monday, August 26, 2013

Message from Lorraine Barrett, High School Teacher

In my reflection on our school’s theme “illumination”, I meditated on what it means to be a light to the world. I asked my students on their first day back to school from camp to write a reflection illustrating their experience. I posted several different ideas that they could reflect on, yet, I posted one specific question that was mandatory in their reflection, “How are you going to be a light this year?” As a result (and not a surprise), I had various different answers depending on where each student was in his/her life, whether they are believers in Jesus or non-believers. In my concern and deliberation the Lord brought me back to these scriptures:

 John 1: 1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

Once again, I am reminded that All Things were made through Jesus and for Jesus; we cannot be lights without being born again. We can’t shine brightly without the life and light of Jesus living in us, and through us. Jesus IS the light! Not only that, He is the way to the light and He is the truth. So based on God’s foundational statements, “I am the way, the truth and the life…..I am the light of the word” (John 8: 12), without Christ living in our hearts, we cannot be a light. Our nonbelieving students cannot be a light....But they can experience the light through our strong leadership as Christian teachers, administrators, staff and their fellow Christian students. This is what Jesus has called us to do. By no other name are we saved, but by the name of Jesus. My prayer is that our unbelieving students come to know Jesus.

I encourage you to go back and read 1 John 1: 1-7. It blessed me and I hope it blesses you too. Have a wonderful day.

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