September 2, 2016
“…Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
-- 1 Thessalonians 5:11
This year our school theme is “Encourage One Another.” To encourage someone means to give support, confidence, or hope. Encouragement isn’t necessarily a compliment and it definitely isn’t arbitrary.
My hope is that at Martin Luther you can find a source of encouragement; a coach encouraging an athlete to work towards a personal or team best, a teacher encouraging a student to persist in their studies, and my personal favorite--a student encouraging another student, especially when that act of kindness is between two individuals who were not necessarily friends to begin with.
I would like to encourage you this year to grow, to change, to build one another up, as we are commanded in our theme verse for the year. But I also want to encourage you in a few specific ways as well:
Every morning I go to the same place for personal devotion and prayer. It eases my anxieties and clears my mind for the day ahead. In this way, I encourage you to spend time with the Lord. Whether by prayer, by Bible study, by going to church, serving in Chapel, listening in your Theology class, (or all of the above!) take time out for Him.
I’m not exactly a fan of trying new things. Or airplanes. This summer I went to China for the first time. IT WAS AMAZING. So when I say, I encourage you to try new things, like a new sport, or trying out for the musical, I mean it.
Finally, I encourage you to consider this time at Martin Luther as a blessing and a way to bless others. I am continually blessed by the faculty, staff, students, and parents who walk into this building. Continue to encourage your friends, offer them support, confidence, and hope. But also, encourage those around whom you’ve not considered a friend in the past. They may surprise you.
Just as the Lord blesses us with His word, so we should bless each other with our actions. The We hope that we are a blessing to you as you encourage one another in the upcoming school year.
Serving the Master Teacher,