Month: October 2018


As we come to the end of our characteristics of relationships, we come to possibly the most important one of all – trust. Our thought for the week comes from Stephen Covey who says

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”

It sounds quite extreme, but I agree with it. The one characteristic that is essential for all relationships is trust. Whether it’s a friend, a parent, a teacher, a brother or sister trust is essential. What does trust ensure? Trust means that when we are told things we can know that those things are facts, that they are true.

Trust is the foundation of faith as well, because from that foundation can the remainder of your faith grow. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he says “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Here Paul is suggesting it is from a place of trust that we can be filled with hope and peace from God.

Think about all of your relationships, which ones can you trust the most? Why can you trust them? What is it that grows out of those relationships?

Prayer: father God thank you that you want to be in relationship with us. Help us to reflect you in our relationships and to be trusting to our friends Amen



What do you do when things get tough?

Do you persevere, which is one of our school values that we encourage, or do you hide away?

What about when things are getting tough for another person? Do you stick by them or do you walk away?

Our Bible story for this week comes form the book of Ruth. Naomi had two sons who were both married, Naomi’s husband and sons all died. They had had to move away from their home land. Naomi spoke to her two daughter-in-laws and told them to go back to their homes, where they would be able to marry again and have children. Ruth, was one of the daughter-in-laws and this was her response to Naomi’s direction

“Ruth answered, “Please don’t tell me to leave you and return home! I will go where you go, I will live where you live; your people will be my people, your God will be my God. I will die where you die and be buried beside you. May the Lord punish me if we are ever separated, even by death!”

Ruth had been given a get out of jail free card, an opportunity to escape, but she showed true loyalty to Naomi, and this continues, even when Ruth does marry again.

As we have looked at relationships we considered different characteristics including, friendliness, respect, vulnerability, communication and forgiveness… but I think that loyalty can be a starting point for so many of these, but also a resulting factor.

Why did Ruth show the loyalty that she did to Naomi? I think it was partially because of the character of Ruth in the first place, but also because of the kindness that Naomi had shown to Ruth by welcoming her into the family. BUT through Ruth choosing to stay with Naomi, choosing to stay loyal to her that relationship with have grown and developed with all of the other characteristics we have spoken about so far.

We can say that we will be loyal to our friends, but as Martin Luther said

Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved

We can never really know until those tough times come. Think about what you would want from your friends when you were in a tough situation. Would you be willing to do that other people? Have you built strong enough relationships to be able to rely on friends when things are too much for you?

Challenge: list the things you would expect a friend to do for you, and whether you would be willing to do those for other people

Prayer: father God we thank you that you are faithful to us, and that you give us examples of loyalty. Help us to be loyal to you and to our friends. Amen