What are you grateful for?

What are you grateful for?

Thursday, 13 August 2015  | Narelle - MECS Principal
I have a little coffee table book that I like flicking through. It’s called 365 Gratefuls. These type of books have been quite popular recently; people taking the time to record and photograph all the big and little things they are grateful for.

It’s only when we cultivate a sense of gratitude or thankfulness in our lives do we stop wanting more! As we nurture this spirit, it takes the focus off ourselves and helps us to see God and the needs of others more clearly. Colossians 3:17 encourages us to “let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

Recently I read in one of my daily devotional guides:Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
  1. It turns what we have into enough, and more.
  2. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
  3. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
  4. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
How important, as we partner together in the educating and nurturing of young people, is it to pass on this important message and truth? We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with the message of ‘more, more, more’!

This message is particularly alluring to young people as they establish their identities and sense of self. We need to be an example of those who are cultivating a spirit of thankfulness and generosity. We need to be modelling a lifestyle that says, ‘I have enough.’ A life that turns our gratitude into praise.

So here’s my current top ten ‘grateful’ moments here at MECS; I encourage you to sit down and jot down your own!
  1. I am grateful for the group of young mums in our school who recently led one of our other mums to faith in Christ.
  2. I am grateful to Colin Youl who retires at the end of the year after thirty-three years of dedicated service to our school.
  3. I am grateful to our maintenance guys who come and turn the heater on in my office each morning so that when I arrive it is warm and cosy.
  4. I am grateful for the VIP morning-teas each Friday when I get to spend time with a bunch of Primary School students, laughing, talking and playing games together.
  5. I am grateful that I get to go on the whole Centre Trip this year.
  6. I am grateful for a committed school Association, where Christian parents can come together to celebrate, promote and maintain the vision of Christian education.
  7. I am grateful to the fabulous staff here at MECS, who work tirelessly for the students of this school.
  8. I am grateful for the recent International Transforming Education Conference, where our teaching staff were inspired and equipped by the story of the Bible to speak into the culture of our day with hope and optimism.
  9. I am grateful for our healthy enrolment situation that not only sees past students returning as parents, but new families who are experiencing MECS for the first time.
  10. I am grateful that in my own life I know that the grace of God is enough for every day.


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