…empower staff and students to embrace the future with confidence” (Growing deep)
The other weekend I was reading the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” to my 2-year-old grand-daughter. The family in the story needs courage to ‘go through’ rather than avoid the challenges along the way!
Courage has become an important concept which keeps emerging for me lately; courage to speak up and to challenge, to be quiet and listen, to let go, to be open, to take a risk, to be vulnerable, to trust, to be persistent and to importantly let go of fear!
It makes me think of “empowering staff and students to embrace the future with confidence” from Growing deep. So how do we do this? I need to check in on how I am feeling, how my team and staff are feeling, the students, staff and community. I suspect there is plenty of fear out there and probably inside of all of us. To take one global challenge, the borders are about to open and Covid will be amongst us. What will that mean for me, my family, the school, the community. What is our stance? Fear or Courage?
We have such a great opportunity to be true to our words of being places which embrace the future with confidence. This is a ‘gift’ to our learning communities.
Our responsibility is to be communities of hope, enabling all members of the learning community to thrive and embrace the future with confidence as we face the everyday challenges of life, be they pandemics, natural disasters, serious illness, grief and loss, broken relationships, loss of jobs, addiction, challenges at work with colleagues, staff, students and families. These are all part of life, and in fact an important part of our core business, not something we can go over or under or avoid but “we have to go through”.
How might we share and reflect a God who is not distant or exclusive but a God who is love, with no strings attached, who suffers with all of us, giving us the courage and peace to deal with the “long wavy grass, deep cold rivers, oozy mud, dark forests, swirling, whirling storms, narrow gloomy caves and bears” of life.
It is God who creates and cultivates courage in us, not to avoid, but to ‘go through’ whatever life presents us. God is right beside us, with us, showing us the way. We have no need to be afraid.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27