Message from Staff
It is hard to believe that it is almost half way through the term! Time seems to be flying by, with September (and spring) just around the corner.
The Life Rule this week is about how our choices matter, and they have consequences. The insights that were shared during the Bible lesson this morning helped children to see that even when they are in situations they feel someone else has put them in, that they still have choices within that and those choices will have consequences.
One reason that I appreciate the value of Excellence, particularly when we think of it as continual growth and improvement, is that excellence involves a choice. If someone is going to improve in something, they need to make a choice to do what it takes to get there. Excellence, including excellence in character, doesn’t generally happen by accident. It is important though that we realise that we are all on our own journey, and we encourage ourselves, and the children, to make the choices that will take us/them to the next level in our/their own journey.
I had a moment with this while running in the weekend. I have recently decided that I need to get back to making my fitness levels a higher priority, so have signed up for a 10km run at the end of October. In the weekend I went running with a group of friends who are all significantly faster than I am. As I watched them run off into the distance I was left with my own journey and choices. I had to choose whether to push myself to capacity or take it easy. I had to choose whether to have a positive attitude or get discouraged. I had to choose to make it to the end of the track or give up part way through, and ultimately I will have to choose to go out again next week and get even better.
As long as we live we have choices, and the children in our lives are looking at how we make those choices – they are learning from us. Are they learning that we can keep a positive attitude when things are difficult? Are they learning that if we work hard we can make positive changes? Are they learning that we can make good choices out of the mistakes we make?
I encourage you to discuss choices with your child/ren this week. Encourage them to think about the consequences of the choices they make. Encourage them to make some choices towards growth and improvement.