May 2 Home Communicator – Commitment to The One
The school year is rapidly coming to a close. The Walkathon is this week Friday; events like the 7th grade Stewardship unit; the 6th grade Justice unit; and 8th grade Faith Journey projects are just around the corner. The pace increases and life gets busier. This year’s school theme of The One has been impactful and helped us to focus the most important thing in this life – that of personally claiming Jesus Christ as our Savior and committing our life for Christ.
As I reflect on this school year, one of the words that continually comes to my mind is “commitment”. Commitment has and continues to play a huge role in making this year at HCS successful; commitment of staff, students, and parents was vital, and I thank God for that. Commitment is something we help our students strive to reach in all areas of their life especially in their faith. Faith involves a total commitment to The One. The story below is one of my favorites and illustrates this point so well.
A great circus performer stretched a long steel cable across Niagara Falls. During high winds and without a safety net, he walked, ran, and even danced across the tightrope to the amazement and delight of the large crowd of people watching. Once he even took a wheelbarrow full of bricks and amazed the crowd by pushing it effortlessly across the cable, from one side of the falls to the other. He then turned to the crowd and asked, “How many of you believe that I could push a man across the wire in the wheelbarrow?” The vote was unanimous. Everyone cheered and held their hands high. They all believe he could do it! Then, he asked, “Would one of you please volunteer to be that man?” And as quickly as the hands went up, they went back down. Not a single person would volunteer to ride in the wheelbarrow and to trust his life to the circus performer.
Many of us say to Jesus, “Yes, I believe!” This means being willing to demonstrate our belief by trusting and committing our lives to Him – The One. A question we ask ourselves and also our students is this – Are you willing to get in the wheelbarrow and risk everything for your faith – are you committing to The One? Faith is not just an intellectual exercise; it involves total commitment. Thank you for your commitment and partnership in nurturing the faith of our students. This is important work with eternal results.
Serving The One
Mary Broene, Middle School Principal