Have you noticed how people's ability to focus on one thing at a time is changing? It seems like more and more text messages, social media posts, and multi-tasking seems to pull people's focus off of conversations or their work. People, especially teenagers, always have their phone close-by to check updates, conversations, and the latest gossip.
The FOCUS of how one is educated is also changing in these media happy times. Educators are told that they need constant stimulation to keep students engaged, active participation in their own learning, and setting students up with I-Pad's or Chromebooks so that education is more in their control rather than the teachers. The times are changing and ML teachers are learning right along with other ecucators on how best to implement best practices into this changing world.
But most importantly how is our spriritual FOCUS? The devil and this sinful world are in a battle for the souls of Christians of all ages. The ultimate goal is pull a Christian's FOCUS off of the power source of their faith and towards the power source of their destruction. The devil would like nothing better for a teenage Christian to be so caught up in the things of this world, the deceptions of just living in it, and finally agreeing with it. That is where this school comes in. This school knows and teaches that the power source of our faith is found in Word of God which is living and active for the salvation of souls. Faith comes from hearing the message. Daily this message is heard in the classrooms, halls, sports fields, and worship opportunities. It is spoken by the teachers. It is echoed through the art work on the walls. It is imprinted on the hearts of all who are here. This is a training ground for the next generation of Christians with one goal in mind: seeing each other in Heaven one day.
That is the FOCUS of this school year based on Hebrews 12:1-2, "let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
We pray that our FOCUS is always on Jesus. This Christian life is a long race with the goal of reaching the end victorious over the devil and the world's schemes to entagle us, trip us up, and make us run off course. There is nothing more important than keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus as he guides us through the rough patches of this world, the lies, and cunning of the evil one. May God give us success at this school and in the homes of those we serve to always FOCUS on Jesus!
God's Blessings on our school year!