Today is the LAST day of school! Our kids are beside themselves with excitement and so are the teachers, but there is another reason there is a sense of excitement in the air. This week I was honored with the opportunity to help deliver a new program to our Elementary schools that will start up in the fall. This project has been in the making for over a year and the perseverance of some very dedicated volunteers of the Fair Oaks Rotary Club has this dream becoming a reality. It all started when a student from Alamo Heights took his own life after being cyberbullied. Hearts were stirred from this tragedy to help bring about systematic change in how we treat each other. Our community came together for a night of fun to help raise money to bring these books into our schools for our children. The amount of support communicated to us that Boerne CARES!
Our Kindergarten students in the fall will be the first recipients of the “Tacky Box.” They will get to decorate their very own box which will be theirs to keep. Inside the box will be any tacky word they may have heard or used to be locked away for good. The hope is for them to recognize their own use of words and to only use their words for good, for building others up and not tearing down. It overwhelms me to think about how this beautiful children’s book and concept could plant the seed in a young person’s heart to be the change our world desperately needs.
“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14
As we get ready to close out a successful school year, may we all decide to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. “To clothe” means to “put on.” It’s something that we do! We need to wear it daily and share it with all. We need to forgive one another too. Let go of the hurt, set aside our pride and choose forgiveness. It frees you and your offender of the chains that entangles. LOVE binds all of these qualities together. When we are compassionate with each other we show LOVE. When we are kind to one another we show LOVE. When we put others first and us last we show LOVE. When we are gentle and patient with each other we show LOVE. When we forgive someone we show LOVE. Let’s be LOVE! I promise it will be the one thing you put on today that will help you radiate and SHINE! “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 #truth #gloryup