The school year is almost over.  As the year comes to a close, I am thankful.  So I thought I would share some thanksgiving thoughts with you.

Thank you students for working hard and filling our lives with joy.  Right now you do not realize the impact you have.  You are more natural at encouraging others than most adults.  When it comes to offenses, you have short memories.  When it comes to love, you have big hearts.  It has been an honor to watch you grow.

Thank you parents.  You did not have to do it, but you allowed us to have a small part in your child’s life.  You allowed us to teach your child, which is a true blessing.  Not only that but you have also helped us pursue this calling with joy.  You have encouraged, challenged, and supported.  You have loved us, and it has been an honor to partner with you.

Thank you God for calling us to this task.  I talked to a depressed man one time.  He was depressed, because he looked back on his life and found that “nothing he had done would outlast him.”  He lived short-sighted and as he neared the end, he was sad.  My heart broke for him.  But you, O Lord, have spared us some of his pain, for you have called us to a legacy-leaving ministry.  Our students will outlast us.  They will go further than we have gone, and it is awesome to dream of what they might do.

Thank you Jesus for dying in our place; for forgiving our sins; and for giving us new life.  Thank you for your easy yoke and your light burden.

Thank you Holy Spirit for guiding and equipping; for convicting and changing.  Thank you for never leaving us and walking with us.

And thank you, dear reader, for spending some time reading these thoughts.  Without knowing it you inspire me.  Many of you pray for me regularly.  I can’t believe that there are some people out there who read what I write.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.



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