Read: “So I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.” John 13:34-45 (VOICE)
Reflect: While listening to a panel of students speak about their educational experiences, I heard a sequence of words that brought tears to my eyes, “Here, they treat me like I’m special, so, I act that way!” One student spoke of many here’s where he was not seen for who he was. His current here, my place of work, is where this young man has embraced a new outlook on life. Here, we treat him like a scholar, not based on his merit or his past, but simply because he is our student and his mere existence breathes life into our purpose as educators. Here, this student is surrounded by hope and the belief that he matters. Here, he is engaged in leadership opportunities, internships, serves as a mentor and is now preparing for transfer to a four-year institution. Here is where he has learned to stand after a fall and to persist in spite of his circumstances.
Many of our students come to us broken. They are searching for validation, meaning and love. Through meaningful relationships, programs and supports, my colleagues and I meet students exactly where they are in their journey. We believe in their promise and potential and then create the conditions that matter to bridge their two realities.
I find my work so meaningful because it is my response to God’s command that I love others just as God loves me, with patience, kindness, truth and justice. When I see my students, I see God’s creation. When I sit with them, what they see is God’s love. I am grateful that God uses imperfect me to connect imperfect people to his perfect love.
React: As you interact with others, seek opportunities to share the love of God in ways that withhold judgment and allow others to see the goodness and kindness of God.
Pray: God, use me to proclaim your love to others.