Monday, March 31, 2014

Message from Adam Olson, P.E. / Health & Weights Teacher

Moses was chosen by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into Canaan, the Promised Land.  While Moses was praised by God on several occasions, we must not forget how reluctant he was at the beginning of his journey (Exodus 3).  He lacked self confidence and doubted his abilities to speak (Exodus 4).  Additionally, he experienced great struggle and failure during his time as leader.  He dealt daily with complaints from the same people he had led out of slavery.  During his journey, it appeared as if nothing was ever going to satisfy the masses of Israelites.  They were hungry, thirsty, tired, bored, and generally lacked faith (Numbers, Exodus, and Leviticus).  Those people had witnessed plagues, miracles and war.  The Israelites needed constant reminders about the purpose of their journey and who God was.  

As teachers, coaches, staff and administrators, we need constant faith in order to lead these students.  The phrase “kids now-a-days!” appears to be a lot less accurate than what we would first believe.  The ADULTS in these parables we read about were the ones doing the complaining, taking short cuts, and ultimately, not being accountable.  The more we read scripture, we find that Moses, an adult, did his best, and screwed up plenty of times.  He was not a perfect man, but he was a SERVANT. 

We are all called here to serve at Phoenix Christian.  We must do our best to have a servant’s heart and understand that our students are no different from the people Moses led.  It is a constant struggle to get these students to do what we want, when we want and how we want.  It is our job to motivate and help our students.  Students are not different from 10 years ago, 100 years ago, or 1000 years ago.  NEITHER ARE THE ADULTS.  The technology and accessibility to resources are different, but not the people.

Hear this: God knows each one of your hearts, just as he knew Moses’ heart.  Remain steadfast in your goals for Phoenix Christian.  Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.  We have 2 months remaining before we reach the “promised land” of summer.  

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