“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you…[stand] firm
in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
1 Peter 5:6-11
Our Business Manager, Chris McMillan, commenced a staff devotion this week with a wonderful question, “What do you have faith in?”
We place our faith in many things both knowingly and unknowingly. When we get in our cars and drive the kids to school or head off to work, we have faith that
our mechanic has ensured that the car is in safe working order. In Australia we have faith that when we go to the tap, stove or light switch, that water, gas and
electricity will flow to provide for our needs.
For Chris, he has faith in his beloved Collingwood while many encourage him to place his faith elsewhere, perhaps in a team of far greater prestige, such as the
Adelaide Crows perhaps…
We are often surrounded by those who encourage us in faith and discourage us in faith. Some encourage us to change the football team we support and others
encourage us to question our belief in the positive capacity of people. In my own past, despite what a misled teacher told my parents, they had faith that despite
being told I would struggle to learn to read and write, that I was indeed capable of doing so.
What do I have faith in? I have faith in a God who grants hope and new beginnings. I have faith in the capacity of young people to change our world’s attitude to our planet and seek to repair the damage already done. I have faith in the ability of all people, regardless of age, to learn new things.
Across the world, Christians are persecuted for their belief in a God who loves all and gives hope to all. Their suffering and refusal to lose the faith in our God, is an inspiration to all.
This week I was blown away by an exhibition of Year 8 artwork based on discarded milk bottles. You can see from the photo what beautiful work one our students did to take something considered ‘rubbish’, see past the encouragement to discard it, and turn it into a work of art. What a wonderful example to us all.
This student had faith in new beginnings. What a blessing to us all.