‘Together we stand, divided we fall'
The essence of our subject is that "team-work" is vital to our success.
Schools are about to re-open, and as students and educators on all levels return to the classroom, I am challenging everyone to keep looking towards the hills (Psalms 121) from whence cometh our help. There are some goals and challenges that lie ahead. But, with due diligence, team-work and persistence, "we" can set as one of our myriad of goals making the minimum school grade.
The aforementioned "we" means everyone, not just students, teachers, staff and administrators. Education should be everyone's business.
I am challenging all of us (The home, school and community) to work together to help mold and shape our leaders of tomorrow.
As a start, I am asking all parents to make it a point to go out and meet your children's teachers at pre-scheduled open-houses, etc. Do what you can to help make a difference and to establish meaningful relationships at the outset. I am challenging our churches to either start or "continue" to offer tutorial or remedial sessions for students in need.
Consider applying and being cleared (Via SLED check and/or other required procedures for safety) to offer volunteer services.
Don't depend on the schools to do it all. Our schools are very much in need of mentors and positive role models. I am the type leader that leads by example. To this end, I have and will continue to teach and encourage my grandson at home as a prerequisite to sending him to school for further instruction. (Reminder: You are your children's first teachers). I have been will continue to be a school volunteer.
We live in a day and age now where-in we are faced with many challenges. Challenges are a part of life. As we deal with the challenges of life, from a spiritual standpoint, let us remember or keep in mind some Biblical things. Paul, in the Ephesians letter Chapter one and verses 4 and 6, challenges us to remember.
1) Remember He chose you (v. 4)
"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love."
2) Remember He accepted you (v.6)
"To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."
In conclusion, are we our brother's keeper? The answer to this question is yes. Jesus said in John 9:4, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work." Many commentators believe that the "I" in this verse has implication to "we". In light of this, it behooves each one of us to do all that we can while the opportunity is at hand.
Rev. Herman Wallace is the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Blackville.
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