This Wednesday the High School class had the pleasure of Mrs. Rosemary Sherrod sharing in their chapel. Mrs. Sherrod has been a 'fan favorite' for a year now, as she has taught classes like Black History, Cultural Awareness, and Heroes of Faith.
Mrs. Sherrod's message connected students to a passage from Acts 20:34-34. Here, the Apostle Paul communicates to his friends in Ephesus as he prepares to leave for Jerusalem that, “You know for yourselves that I worked with my own hands to support myself and my companions. In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ " Her sermon highlighted something our parent organization, Global Outreach Developments Int'l, has been promoting lately: an opportunity to give to those in need this holiday season.
Throughout the semester, we have continually challenged students to consider God's calling to serve the least. This is a message that is central to our faith, from Abraham's calling to be a blessing, Moses' commission to set the slaves free, and Jesus' own teaching that, "what you do to the least of these you do to me." Our goal as a school is to not just produce good students, but good people who are concerned with serving others.
Following Mrs. Sherrod's message I'd like to encourage you to consider with your student how you can experience what Paul himself did in Jesus' words. It is indeed more blessed to give than to receive. In a world that is increasingly driven by what we can consume and acquire for ourselves, it is important to remember Jesus' words and consider the least. Take some time and look at the page below with your students. Ask if their is a way your family can contribute to giving the poor here and abroad things like clean water, education, and improved health care, to name a few. Challenge your students to live what they learn: would they give up on an opportunity to get so that they could have the opportunity to give?