It’s hard to believe that school is just around the corner. Cornerstone Christian Academy begins this coming week with the first day of class on Wednesday the 14th. Some of you know that Casey Farris is now serving as CCA’s Head of School. Chad St. Jean, who led the school with great skill and class, stepped down this summer. Casey has been on the job for about a month and he, too, will do a fabulous job for CCA.
Some time ago I read an article about ten phrases that would be good to have in our repertoire and at the ready. Here you go …
1. Please forgive me. We are all wounded and we all wound. Admit it and be willing to apologize when you are made aware. You want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
2. You are right. Guess what, you are not always the smartest person in the room. Acknowledge others, consider their expertise and be willing to defer, not just because it’s the smart thing to do, but because it encourages and empowers others.
3. You are wrong. Don’t chicken out when it comes to gently calling people on ungodly behaviors and attitudes. Be willing to call fouls.
4. Jesus loves you. We need to see a recovery of the art of saying “Jesus loves you.” Strategically said in moments of failure, sin, or trouble, “Jesus loves you” is a fantastic way to speak the gospel into people’s lives.
5. I love you. Never assume people know you care.
6. Me too. We are all making our peace with God and we all wrestle with ourselves in different ways. But we are all fighting to be who God is calling us to be. Do you struggle? Me too.
7. Any time. Of course you don’t mean it literally. But you sorta do. Try to find ways to be available.
8. Thank you. None of us are owed. Everything is a gift and a ton of gifts that come your way come indirectly. Pay attention.
9. I’m sorry. This is not an admission of guilt or wrongdoing on your part (although sometimes it may be). It’s just a way of acknowledging that “I really am sorry you are going through this and I wish it were not happening.”
10. Grace is really true and it’s really true for you. No need to despair any longer. Jesus is fully worthy to be our Savior and Advocate. Remind yourself, and others, that God’s grace reaches into the deepest pit.
I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Hope to see you Sunday. Our message text will be 1 Peter 4:1-11.