Significant insignificant actions

Olive groves at the Church of All Nations, Jerusalem (Photo: T Brennen)

Olive groves at the Church of All Nations, Jerusalem (Photo: T Brennen)

I am constantly amazed by the beautiful artwork that our students produce. And it is not just the principal who feels this way!

Last week a contractor was completing some work on the school when they noticed the many sunflower drawings in the reception area. As they left, they knocked on my door and said “Sorry to bother you, but I want you to know that these drawings are absolutely beautiful. They have made my day!”

Often our actions don’t seem to be that significant or to have a deep impact on others. I am pretty sure that the students wouldn’t have thought they would make a contractor’s day. We can so easily have an impact on others – both positive and negative.

At school we encourage students to reflect on their day often. It is through stopping and reflecting that the Holy Spirit allows us some insight into our actions, the actions of others and perhaps allows us to notice how God is working through us.In the gospel for this week Jesus tells his disciples “…the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labour.” (John 4:37)

I suspect the disciples had not spent time reflecting on how they were benefiting from the work of others! Perhaps they needed to spend as much time in quiet prayer and contemplation as Jesus did.

Schools and parents are in the business of seeking to bless children with a good education. Learning has the potential to influence a person for their entire life. We do not know today what one of our prep students may go on to achieve later in their lives.

As we consider the busyness of a rapidly approaching end of term it is important for us all to remember that we never know when we will be a blessing to others. Following Jesus’ example of humble service should be our constant goal.

You never know what flowers may grow beside the path God calls us to.

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