Teachers are breathing another sigh of relief. School has finished for some children in the area and parents are celebrating. Some made special gifts to thank the teachers for their service. Some decorated their vehicles with colorful lettering to commemorate the occasion.
“Congrats, Ariana, for finishing middle school!
Another said, “Look out, middle school – here’s come, Ethan.”
You can bet there are hugs and high fives between some teachers today. They survived another school year. Teachers are a wonderful gift to the world we live in.
They have a tough job.
It got me thinking about the school year and everything the children were taught for nine months.
Beth Moore says, “There’s a WORLD of difference between accepting and embracing.”
Have the children accepted everything they learned, or have they embraced it? Was it just noise, or did they file the information away for their futures?
Did it change their lives?
When we think of Jesus, one has to consider the difference between accepting Jesus and embracing Jesus.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him, shall not perish but have eternal life.”
It’s one thing to believe Jesus existed and to think he was a prophet or a good man. That’s accepting Jesus was just a man and did exist.
It’s quite another to actually believe Jesus is the son of God, that he died on the cross for you and me, paid the penalty for our sins, and rose again on the third day and is seated at the right hand of the Father. That’s embracing Jesus with your heart.
Memories of a dear friend.
A dear friend of mine who recently passed away had a favorite verse from the Bible.
Romans 10:9-10, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth confesses and is saved.”
Accept or embrace? Which one have you done?
In His Service,