Message from Staff
Kia ora families,
I hope you were able to find some time over the long weekend to rest and enjoy the blessing of an extra day.
As we look at Love and Peace this term I find myself pondering the types of things that create a lack of Peace in our lives. The list of Graduate Attributes we have developed for our students related to Peace strikes me as a list of skills and attitudes a person can have to maintain a sense of Peace in their lives, essentially avoiding the things that create a lack of Peace in and around us.
In our ‘busy’ world it is sometimes hard to find Peace. I recently went shopping on a Sunday afternoon and was asked by three different shop assistants if I was “having a busy day”. It seems that this is our norm – to expect people to be busy. It struck me as a little strange, given that I was wandering through shops, not an activity that I would associate with ‘being busy’.
At a conference I went to earlier in the year the speaker said something that really struck me. He said “We must give up the pride of being busy.” Are we finding our self-worth in being busy or are we finding it in God? A few years ago I was really challenged by someone as we discussed the skill of putting boundaries in place (one of our graduate attributes) – she challenged me that God doesn’t expect us to take on everything, and that He guides us to the areas that He wants us to focus on. Feeling torn in too many directions, never quite getting through everything and constantly feeling that you have let people down are not Peace making situations.
I love that the Bible says ‘let your yes be yes and your no be no’. Sometimes we need to say ‘no’ to things. This allows us to follow through on the things we say ‘yes’ to, and let go of the things that are not ours to carry. I think following God’s ways brings peace – a little lesson like let your yes be yes and your no be no, can bring ourselves and those around us peace. When we say yes to something that we actually can’t really manage we bring stress to ourselves and dissapointment and often stress to those around us that are expecting us to do something.
In our ‘busy’ world I encourage you to reflect on the things God is calling you to do, or the things that you are truly passionate about, and also the things in your life that you’ve over committed to. Take some time to work out what to say yes to and what to say no to. I think as we model to our children that it is ok not to do everything they will see what it means to live in Peace.
God says that we are to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. I wonder if part of loving ourselves is to put those boundaries in place and that as we live in a sense of Peace our ability to show Love to others increases, bringing the relational Peace that we are focussing on this term.
May you find peace this week, with enough time to enjoy the beauty of spring.