February 16 Home Communicator – Last week Monday, I was greeting students before school in the parent loop. It was cold. Really cold. I might have been a tiny bit cranky. But then one bright-eyed first grader came up to me and asked, “You know what I like about you?” I waited expectantly. “That you read us books!” I expressed my thankfulness and he went on his merry way to his classroom. Now, I have to say that this made my day. I mentioned it to several colleagues throughout the day and even shared the story with my husband over dinner that night. Twelve words from a first grader turned my day around and made me feel loved and special. I challenge you to join me in making this a thing–where we randomly approach people and tell them what we like about them. Imagine the joy that could abound!
My personal devotions this past week have centered around love. Love for God, love for others, and God’s love for us. I couldn’t help but imagine God saying to me, “You know what I like about you?” It made me smile. Turns out God loves each one of us a lot–so much that He sent His one and only Son to die on a cross to set us free from our sins. I love the repetitive theme running through the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones: “You see, no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children–with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.” That’s a pretty amazing kind of love!
Take some time this week to remember and reflect on the powerful truth that God loved you even before you were born and there is nothing that can ever separate you from His love. No matter what. And then take some time to tell others how God’s love shines through them!
Living in His love,
Tricia Kiepert, Elementary Prinicpal