Meditation on a new school year.
As we open a new school year I want you to think of some images.
Imagine a yellow squash taken from my garden. On the neck of the squash there appeared to be a small pin prick. I sat the squash on the counter to cook it at a later time. When I returned in a couple of days I found it had become a rotten mass. Invisible to the eye an insect had entered the squash and spoiled it.
Imagine a box of crackers imprinted with the word “New.” I was curious about the new product and used a coupon to buy a box. I was enticed by the ad to try something new. Have you ever been enticed by a new product?
Imagine a student leaves the beauty salon to attend a meeting on Saturday morning. After an hour she tells the groups she must leave early to return to the salon to have her nails done. Suppose that when she returned to the salon her stylist said there was nothing more to be done and gives her a bill. Would she be satisfied to go on as she is?
We are entering a new semester, and this is a new experience for some students. What are you expecting from a new semester? Would you be satisfied if I told you that you could just pay your fees and leave? It seems tragic to me that some students can come to school with the hope that school will change their lives, and leave the school with nothing but a bill. What they are lacking is a transformation within.
What is the new? In a spiritual sense I am suggesting that the new is a Nuclear reaction of an Eternal God Within you. This life-altering change may not be visible to the naked eye but it is God directed. It takes place within you.
The Apostle Paul believed in the new life available in Christ. In Ephesians 4:22-24 he said: “You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (NIV)
I hope your new year at school is a year of positive transformation.