Staff from all seven schools in our Association attended the annual SCEA Better Education Conference yesterday. We had the opportunity to learn from two leading speakers about well-being and the pressure we’re all experiencing as a society. It was most encouraging and motivated us to continue building hope into the children whose lives we touch daily.
We have busy schedules (which are getting busier), instant access to information, social media, work commitments, sports and hobbies that engage our interest, and take time, and we have extended family and friendship commitments. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on our time, energy levels and peace of mind! As we meet all these obligations it can feel like we’re running through our days and yet, we don’t seem to ever cross the finishing line … for tomorrow, it all begins again …
Life’s challenges may seem overwhelming: people we know are suffering and yet, we can’t fix that; things happen around us, and we have very little control to adapt quickly enough, situations occur, and we may find ourselves unable to change them. All these can potentially bring about a sense of sadness, loneliness, helplessness and despair. In this space, we can sometimes feel like there is little hope.
God knows that we all struggle with finding and holding onto hope. When we are facing tests of faith, even the strongest people can find it a challenge to find hope. We are encouraged in passages from the Bible about holding onto God and have a deep understanding that He ‘has this’.
One of the greatest gifts we can give one another is that of encouragement and hope. This may be through a kind word, a helping hand, showing understanding and empathy or praying with someone who is hurting. Each one of us can be purveyors of hope to those whose circumstances have caused a deficit of hope. We need to be intentional and actively take the opportunity to encourage those around us.
Perhaps we should get bold about hope, get bold about sharing the good that we see, get bold about our dreams for the future. And instead of allowing ourselves to be drawn into negativity, we can find ourselves boldly standing up with the hope that we have.