What places bring back particular memories for you? I know quite often when I’m travelling around Birmingham I will suddenly come out with stories from my childhood and my husband politely smiles and nods his head.
However places can bring bad memories, and possibly even bad habits as well. If we’ve had a bad experience somewhere, we might be reluctant to go back to that place again. We might think that every time we go there the same thing is going to happen.
Our thought for the week comes from Craig Sayer who says
“If I’ve learned anything through all of this, it’s that each and every day is a canvas waiting to be painted – an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning”
We have the capacity to create the painting of our life, everything we have experienced is going to leave a mark, but we can turn it into whatever we want to. Last year may have been a great year at school, it may not have been so great, but we start a fresh with a new canvas, a new timetable and new opportunities.
Learning isn’t just about what happens in the classroom, life is full of learning, but we need to be open to that opportunity.
In the early church they didn’t have all the books, videos, blogs, resources that we have now, they had to learn from each other. Once Paul had converted to Christianity he spent his life learning about and following the example of Christ, and then telling other Churches about it. One of the striking things about Jesus is that he is known as a servant king, he was God on earth but he chose to serve other people. Paul followed that example and then told the Church in Philippi
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Our school motto is our theme for the week ‘Enter to Learn. Go forth to Serve’. Enter school each day ready to paint your new canvas, but don’t keep your learning to yourself, share it with others, serve others with your experiences.
Challenge: at the beginning of this school year what challenges are you going to set yourself for learning and for serving. Write these down and put them in a safe place.
Prayer: father God we thank you that you created us, and that you chose to come and serve us. Help us to take the opportunities that we have been given to develop ourselves and to serve others. Amen