A new school year feels much the same. The happy sounds of students moving about LCES filled the halls again today as they met up with old friends and made new ones. Fresh bulletin boards, new shoes and lunch bags, sharpened pencils, and new clothes were on proud display. After more than two months of very quiet hallways, the building is vibrant and its pristine waxed floors and squeaky clean desks make our hearts soar at the limitless opportunities and potential for what this year may bring.
To be clear, fresh new beginnings for staff, parents, and students are important since they offer us a chance to see more optimistically the God-created potential of what may happen for us and our students. However, much like the fading new car smell and first scratched bumper, it doesn’t take too long before we realize that our best aspirations are still restrained by our weaknesses. These frustration moments turn into growth moments when we realize that God uses us, dents and all, for his kingdom. So when the luster of this year may start to fade some, recall that God’s love never does.
Our theme for the year, Walk in the Way of Love, will soon be boldly displayed in our school’s atrium. The text from Ephesians 5:1-2a gives our staff and students a clear and direct mandate to love others in a way that reflects the way that God loves us. Christian love thinks first of others, then of self. We pray our staff and students may be blessed as they make the year-long journey of living out that truth. We are “dearly loved.” Praise God!