School has finished for most children in the area, and parents are celebrating. Teachers are breathing another sigh of relief. Some made unique gifts to thank the teachers for their service. Some decorated their vehicles with colorful lettering to commemorate the occasion.
“Congrats, Nathan, for finishing middle school!
Another said, “Look out, middle school – here’s come, Lindsey.”
Teachers are a wonderful gift to the world we live in. Teachers have a tough job. You can bet there are hugs and high fives between some teachers today. They survived another school year.
Thank you, Teachers!
It got me thinking about the school year and everything the children were taught for nine months.
As one author put it, “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 must 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, was a prophet, or a good man. That’s accepting Jesus was just a man and did exist.
It’s quite another to 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 today is seated at the right hand of the Father. That’s embracing Jesus with your heart.
Memories of a dear friend.
A dear friend who passed away years ago 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?
Let’s pray for all who are hurting today.
Lastly, let us spend some time praying for all those who have lost their lives in senseless school shootings. We especially remember the 21 innocent lives lost in Uvalde, Texas, and the 17 wounded this week. Like those from Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland, their families have been forever changed by this tragedy.
Heavenly Father, our country is grieving once again. Only you can heal our nation. I pray our country turns back to you. And Father, thank you for the teachers. Please bless them and remind them, Lord, that they are loved and appreciated. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
In His Service,