As you are probably aware, R U OK? Day is tomorrow; it is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those struggling with life.
The key focus of the awareness day is exposure to and learning RUOK?’s four steps, so that we can have a conversation that could change a life.
I was recently informed of an amazing account of a student’s personal testimony that was courageously shared within a school community. The reality is that within every one of our learning communities there will be students, staff, and parents who are struggling with life, and all its complexities and expectations.
As Christian learning communities, our Lutheran schools and early childhood services are communities of hope, nurtured by the promises of God’s word, love and forgiveness which empower staff and students to embrace the future with confidence. (Growing Deep, Our Foundation). So we can not only be asking members of our communities, RU OK?, we can also provide them with a source of inspiration and hope, that only God can provide:
“The Lord himself will lead you and be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you, so do not lose courage or be afraid.” Deut 31:8
“Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you!
I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.” Isaiah 41:10
Further to this we can ask God for his guidance and direction and listen to the promises and assurances found in His word. We can take action through prayer, trusting that God will act and use us and others to provide unconditional love, care and support to those struggling with life within our communities.
RU OK? can begin a conversation that really can change a life.