Phil. 3:7-9
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is from faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

As I sat in our FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) gathering this morning before school and listened to over 80 kids singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “My chains are gone, I’ve been set free,” tears filled my eyes.

To my near left was a girl who lost her mom at the age of 9.

To my near right was another girl who has been through a lot emotionally in her short life.

With heads held high, they sang through their pain.

The stress of life seems to dissipate when we enter the Presence of God.

The reality that there is a higher purpose, a higher Being, a higher calling overshadows any doubt, fear, or anxiety when we open our voices and praise Him who calls us by name.

As I reflect on what this morning meant to me, I smile knowing that only God could orchestrate a way to be known, loved, and experienced so intimately by students who need him so desperately.

He truly is a Shepherd in search of His sheep.

My prayer today is that the seeds of Hope that are planted in the hearts of the students at this school will be watered in the years to come so that they will be able to grow and blossom into adults who understand……………………………

what really matters in life.

Today, as you enter another Thursday on this planet, please take a moment to consider Him who willingly gave up His life so that you could be offered the gift of eternal life and whisper, “Thank you.”

In awe of His love,