This past year, our theme for the year was “My Life – God’s Story.”
We’ve referenced Eph 2: 10, “For we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
During the 8th grade graduation, we talked about the verse by asking two questions:
- Who are “we”?
- What are “good works”?
“We” includes each of us and all of us. All of us are “God’s handiwork,” His masterpieces and made in His image. “We” includes more than me. “We” includes the outcast, the overlooked, the oppressed, and those who mourn. In every face we see, we ought to see God’s image reflected back. If someone looks different, especially then, we must affirm and encourage, lift up and love the image of God.
Affirming, encouraging, lifting up, and loving are “good works,” which God has prepared in advance for us to do. Education is about action. We must understand, but we must also do. Doing is what it means to “engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ.”
As we look back on an unusual year, let’s give praise and gratitude to God for all He has done for our community. As we look around us, let’s find ways to love our neighbor in “actions and in truth” (1st John 3:18). As we look ahead, let’s approach next year with resolve and hope.