It’s September, and it’s the start of a new school year, so let’s start as we mean to go on, with a blog!
I’ve had a fantastic summer, possibly the best to date. Previously, I am ashamed to say, the majority of my summer holiday would have been spent on the sofa watching box sets. This summer, I have made it through the first season of a new box set, but I have also done a lot of things including: going to 3 castles, going to the theatre twice, spending time with family and friends, going on a bouncy castle, singing in front of family and friends, playing football, going for lots of walks, and driving a speedboat. My husband works shifts so we made the decision, that when he was at work I would do school work, and when he was off We would do things together. And it worked. You could say that I well and truly took advantage of the spare time this holiday. I lived my holiday to the full.
This term in our worship we are going to be looking at who we are as a Church school, what values do we hold and how do those values live out in our everyday lives? All of the values we hold can be summed up by this statement and our thought for the week from John 10:10 when Jesus says “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.
What does it mean to live life to the full? In the secular world it may mean YOLO, or having a bucket list, maybe performing death defying stunts. But I don’t think that is what Jesus was talking about when he said that he came that people may have life to the full.
The Christian life is not an easy life, in fact, at times it can be very difficult. In many countries people are persecuted for saying that they are Christian. Yet, they would say that they have a full life, in Christ. They mean that they recognise the life they have been given because Jesus died on a cross for them. They recognise the gifts that they have been given by God, and they want to use those gifts to bless God, and bless others.
We are told in the Bible that God provides what we need; we are told that we have new life in Christ because he died on the cross and defeated death by rising again. This belief shapes our lives so that we can be grateful for what we have, and share what we have with others, and therefore share God with others.
This summer, me and my husband recognised that we had limited time together but the time we had together we made the most of, and it’s been awesome. We may not think we have a lot, but we have we can use and we can give. So what does this Full life look like? What values define it? You’ll have to tune in over the next few eels to find out!
Prayer: thank you God for what you have done for us, and that you sent Jesus to die on the cross, in our place, that we may have life to its fullest. Help us to learn what that means and how we can live that life this term. Amen
Challenge: start to think about what defines you. What do others see about you? Do you take advantage of situations you are placed in? Write it down, keep it in a safe place, and let’s see if that changes over the next term/year