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Note from the Head of School

Sep 28, 2018

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Brian Smith Why is it … that we can spend hours watching television at home, but the idea of reading God’s Word for 30 minutes seems a chore? Why is it … that we go online and chat with friends, we send text messages and e-mails all day, but after five minutes of prayer, we run out of things to say? Why is it … we get excited when we attend a ballgame and it goes into overtime, but we become irritated when the pastor goes an extra ten minutes with his message? Why is it … we can sit in a movie for two hours and not say a word, but sitting quietly in God’s presence for more than five minutes seems like an eternity? Why is it … we can easily spend money on all kinds of ‘needs’ for ourselves, but the idea of placing the same amount in the offering plate for God is hard? Why is it … we can tell someone about a great book we read, an amazing movie we saw, or an exciting game we watched, but the idea of sharing about Christ makes us unable to speak? Why is it … that 106,000 people will fill a college football stadium on Saturday, but 90% of the churches in America have a regular attendance of 350 people or less? Why do we struggle so much to live a life that shows God the honor and glory and awe that it deserves? Do we forget that He gave us this … or this … or this … or this … or do we possibly forget this … In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. The third example He gives is of the plants choked by the thorns. I believe, much like the plants in the parable, we are surrounded by so many thorns that the ‘Son’ is having trouble reaching us. These thorns aren’t causing us pain, but we are failing to see how they are filling up our lives to the point that we aren’t seeking God. Our lives are so busy, so filled with ‘stuff’ that time spent with God in worship, in prayer, in His Word, seems like one more thing added to our list of things to do. If we are going to prevent the ‘thorns’ from choking us, we have to prioritize our lives. What is most important in our lives? What’s at the top? Family? Work? Ourselves? A good rule of thumb is to see where our money and our time is most consumed. My prayer today is that we would each seek time with our Father with the same zeal and enthusiasm that we have for the other activities in our lives. When we look at His creation, when we read His Word, when we sit in awe of His majesty and His glory, when we acknowledge the sacrifice He made for each and every one of us, the things that we fill our lives with don’t seem to be as important as the worship and praise of Lord and Savior. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. I Peter 4:10-12

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Planting Seeds of Christlikeness

May 28, 2018

Posted on May 10, 2018 Bible Teacher Ruth Smith was honored for her upcoming retirement in chapel this week with a rosebush and posters given by the sixth-grade class. Below is her thank you letter to the group. What words of wisdom that carry out the mission of planting seeds of Christlikeness here at FPDS. Dear Sixth Grade Boys and Girls, I cannot begin to tell you how touched I was on Wednesday when you gave me the four posters with all of your names written on it.  And the kind words—of course, brought tears to my eyes. Twenty-two years ago when the doctor told me I had cancer, I chose a Bible verse that I would claim as my own.  That verse, Jeremiah 29:11, has meant so much to me.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Just the very fact that our great God allowed me to be cured and to continue to teach here at First Pres is almost incomprehensible to me.  And yet, it proves that verse—that God had a wonderful plan for me.  I got to teach each one of you!  What a joy and a blessing you have been to me. I claim that very verse for each one of you as you graduate from this special place.  You will go to new schools, meet new friends, (be sure to keep your old ones—they are gold!), and begin a new journey on your pathway to becoming the person that God intends you to be. Here, you have received an excellent education, been surrounded by teachers who love and care for you, and have been “somewhat” sheltered from the world. BUT, most importantly, you have received a foundation based on the Bible—God’s Holy Word.  That will get you down any path you choose.  There will be times when you are very happy, there will be times of sadness, and maybe even times of depression.  Rejoice and give thanks for the happy times.  Lean on the Rock, Your Savior, when you walk through the deep waters of the sad and bitter times.  He has promised to walk with you, and I can tell you from personal experience that He will never leave you.  You can trust Him always. I love each one of you, and I rejoice in the fact that God permitted me (as part of His great plan for my life) to be able to teach you about Him.  What a blessing!  I shall be eternally grateful for my 39 wonderful years at The Day School.  No one could have had a better “job.” I always looked forward to coming to school, and I always got butterflies in my tummy on the first day in August.  I will miss this place, but I look forward to the rest of God’s plans for me as I retire from 49 years of teaching children. That beautiful rosebush will be a constant reminder of my time here and of you.  Thank you so much! Love and Blessings, Mrs. Smith

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