Tomorrow is the start of the official new school term...this will mean more to some of you than others. Those going into Year 8, I'm sure you are nervous, still getting to know people, figuring out your timetable and your way around the school, walking past people in school who all seem so much taller, more confident and clued in. Maybe you have been in school a few years, you are looking forward to going in and seeing your friends but maybe not so enthusiastic about school anymore. You wish the summer had have lasted longer, it seemed to just rush away from you. Perhaps you are starting your GCSE's or A-levels and are excited about some of the subjects you have chosen and more importantly psyched that you have been able to discard a few! You know this year will be challenging but you are looking forward to all it has to offer. If you are going into Lower 6th, maybe you are excited that you have more responsibility, you will be treated more like a grown up, you can't wait to put on your different tie or show off the new badge that you might have on your blazer. Upper 6th, you are all ready to embark on your senior year...thinking about what the future holds, UCAS, yearbooks and maybe thinking about your formal already. Then there are those crazy people who after 19 years of Education are heading straight back to school but this time being the one's responsible for everyone else's education. Expected to have all the answers when you are just finding your feet for yourself.
It doesn't matter what stage you are at in your school life...
My message to 4:12 as you head into your schools is when you pull on your uniform in the morning and look in the mirror before you head out, remember that you are commissioned for school. God has placed you in that place for such a time as this. You have such a massive opportunity to make an impact. Never again in your life will you spend so much time with so many other people your age. Make the most of every opportunity.
Your calling and purpose does not start in the future, your responsibility to be an example does not start at Friday 3.30pm. Your worship and offerings to God are not just for a Friday, but for every day of the week! You are commissioned for school. If you need to recite the great commission every day when you put on your uniform just like we did at relentless, or if you want to put it at the front of your homework diaries then go for it! Whatever it takes to remind you that when you get up and head out in the mornings you are there not only to learn and to strive to do your best academically, but you are there as a disciple of Jesus Christ with the intention of influencing those around you.
As you head into this new term try and remember these three things...
WORK HARD. Colossians 3:23 says 'whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.'
BE AN EXAMPLE. 1st Timothy 4:12, 'don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example to all believers in your speech, your life, your love, your faith and your purity'.
IMPACT OTHERS. Matthew 28: 19-20, 'all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'
Just remember as you are commissioned to go into school and make a difference (which I know you all will) that God has promised us this in the last part of the great commission. 'And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age!'
Hope you have a great week at school.