Teaching and education for me is more than just a job, it is a vocation. We are called to make a deep level of commitment to doing something of purpose in our lives. I am truly grateful for the opportunity each day to live out faith in some small way.
In the Gospel this week Jesus said, “God loved the world so much he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believed in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life.” We know that this went on to demonstrate Jesus’ humanity in his suffering and death and then triumph in the resurrection – at the heart of the Christian message of light and hope.
We are challenged to live this out in some way in the world we live in today. So a few questions worth considering;
- How do we offer a message of light and hope in the world around us and here at St Paul’s?
- What can we do to show faith in our lives in the way we live, breath and act in the world?
- How can we trust God to guide and lead us in the right direction?
The theme of “loyalty” this week helps us to think about how we can support and care for one another, at times this may be trying to put others before our self-interest. We also can reflect on loyalty as a community as we recognise that “we stand stronger together.” As a proud Scottish family I hope this may be a theme we see emerge in this historic week.
I hope we can pray this week that by doing what we do we can all gain a deep-rooted fulfilment in our lives. Let’s also pause for a moment and give thanks for friends, family and colleagues who make it all possible. Perhaps students don’t realise how lucky they really are!
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou