Prepare for impact
Posted on November 18, 2021
Our hearts are full as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day next week. Oh, we’re all ready for a break and a week of rest, but we have so much to be thankful for as we head down the Trinity hill tomorrow.
God’s grace is so evident. We can see His hand at work in so many ways as we head for a weeklong break. He is making an impact on our students and school in ways that are tangible. The impact often comes through the teachers, coaches, speakers, and peers.
Take Noah Toler. At the beginning of the year, the freshman football player was reluctant to go out for the team but he stuck with it and grew through the experience. At season’s end, he wrote these words to one of his coaches, “You take time out of your day to come and help us get better and not everyone sees that. I am very thankful for that.”
And what happened when Mrs. Stinoski’s and Ms. Weese’s third grade classes combined to read the book Charlotte’s Web? When they started out, most of the students were unconvinced they would enjoy the task. By the time they finished the novel, the students didn’t want it to end. They had been drawn into the story and now, have a greater love for reading. That’s impact!
Or today, when tenth-grader Kyndel Kisner stepped up in Chapel to lead her peers in prayer over the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. That’s fruit!
And talk about impact: Our students and school community collected enough items to pack 150 shoeboxes for the outreach! How many children may come to know Christ from their efforts?
What is the impact of our older students mentoring younger “buddies”? It’s hard to measure, but the expressions in the faces of the younger students tell us the kindness of their mentors has an effect.
We can’t list all the ways kids are growing and being transformed day-to-day, and we honestly don’t always know the impact of the seeds being sown now.
But we trust that as we commit this work to Christ, He will be faithful to bring impact for eternity.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9