It is the first day of summer and time to relax from all the hard work. Only off one week, however, our staff immediately begins to prepare for the new school year. Before we get there, I want to take some moments to reflect on the last year with you. Our theme was “Inside Out”. We branched off Pixar’s movie of last summer and asked God to help us understand how the fruit of the Spirit and our emotions work simultaneously and separately. We have jokingly said that God heard our request and made it one emotional year! I do not think any of us had an idea to how much our insides needed work. Alicia Chloe Britt shared a blog recently that described how Jesus wanted His followers to examine inside-attitudes that guide outside-actions. (Matthew 5.3-12, Luke 6.22) She gave a list of things that hinder our spiritual growth.
- Resisting brokenness
- Power without humility
- Apathy toward righteousness
- Withholding mercy
- Causing division
- Avoiding suffering
She also gave the following points to guide our reflection of the last year.
For guided reflection…
- Change. We all long for it. But we don’t always work for it. Today ask yourself a question: Am I waiting for change to originate from “without” or “within”?
Personally, I gravitate back to seeking change through my surroundings. Church and school ministries constantly require change. I can spend my entire summer making decisions about change for the next school year without looking inward at what God needs to change in me!
- Take a personal inventory at the end of the day: Did you resist brokenness? Did you use power without humility? Were you morally apathetic? Did you withhold mercy? Did you approve of impurity? Did you contribute to division?
If I am honest there were moments this year when I could say, “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!” I love these questions and the fact that our God is so loving and forgiving that we always have another chance to get things right for Him. I also appreciate a school where we can make mistakes and forgive one another so that we continually grow and change to be more like Christ.
- Consider the following scripture and then close your time in prayer:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5.3
Jesus, I ask You to rule in my life.
I am poor in spirit and in need of You.
Establish Your kingdom in the realm of my heart.
The 2015-2016 School Year was truly a time when God changed hearts at CCA! We witnessed so many of our saints giving their hearts to Christ and also experienced growth as we further allowed Him to rule in each of our hearts. It is still evident that for Christ to change our school outwardly, He must first change our hearts inwardly.