Message Recap | 9.20.2015
Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor
Let me let you in on something that I found out to be quite fascinating. The smallest light in complete darkness can be seen from a very long distance. If you turn on the smallest flashlight you could find at the end of a long, dark tunnel, the light that shines from the flashlight can be seen. Why do I bring this up? Well, to emphasize that with children the same thing is true. The light that shines in the face of a child can change their surroundings in an incredible way. Today I want to share with you the ways we can serve in the lives of our children and partner with our local schools to turn on that light.
One of the first questions we need to ask ourselves is, “Do we see the need?” We need to be able to recognize the need to be involved in the educational process as parents. It’s easy to know what is right but doing the right thing is harder. Sometimes we try to justify our actions. What I really mean is we give all kinds of excuses as to why we can’t get involved.
Let’s look at the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37. A man came from Jerusalem on his way to Jericho and while on his way he was beaten and robbed. The story tells us of three individuals that found him lying on the ground. The priest and the Levite saw the man but passed by on the other side of the road. A third man came, saw him and was moved with compassion. The Bible says he bandaged his wounds and took him to an inn to be cared for paying the innkeeper in advance. This was unusual for the man to do because it was not custom for a Jew to have any regards for a Samaritan but yet the Samaritan took care of the beaten and wounded Jew. He saw the greater need. There were no barriers. There was no fear. He didn’t care what others felt. He loved his neighbor and took care of a man that was ignored by others
Friends, our community has students and families that are in need of people who will love their neighbor. Who will show mercy and be willing to stop, see the need, have compassion, and be willing to take time, energy, and money to get involved. Our local schools are one of the places where many of these families and students intersect. Daily they come to learn and grow but often times the need they face is greater than just what they get in a classroom. These teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, and staff see these needs on a regular basis and they need our prayers.
If you want to hear a powerful message from Pastor Aaron Taylor entitled Our Schools Matter you can find it by going to http://painesvilleag.com/our-schools-matter.