Archive for August, 2014

Embarking on a New Year

by Michael Cuckler, Head Administrator

Each year our student council chooses a theme with an accompanying Bible passage to help focus the attention of the student body on a common inspirational goal.   Lord willing, it provides a structure that equips the student body for personal as well as collective spiritual growth.  Our theme for this year is Crazy Love (Ephesians 3:14-19).  The focus is on how we, as God’s children, have responded to His relentless pursuit and love for us.  As I have pondered this theme, I have been overcome by the thought of how much my Savior loves me.  Psalm 86:15 speaks of His grace, mercy, and abounding, steadfast love and faithfulness.  Ephesians 2:4 calls it a “great love,” and truly GREAT it is.  It is so GREAT, so unsearchable and unattainable, that I have found it transforming my thoughts and attitudes throughout the day.

All I am is due to the fact that God loves me which is even more humbling when I take the time to consider that He is the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8), whereas I am mere dust (Psalm 103:14).  Unfortunately, when you are surrounded by something great, you sometimes take it for granted.  Take our beautiful Rocky Mountains as an example.  Those of you who have lived in Colorado know that sometimes it takes someone coming here from out-of-town to remind you of how amazing they are.  They can’t stop looking at them, and often sigh or remark at their glorious beauty.  I think they are just as beautiful, but have become accustom to their presence and even allowed their majesty to stop taking my breath away.

It is the same with God’s love.  We can know it and study it and proclaim it and live in it, but how long has it been since we have just stopped and let it take our breath away?  This is where I find myself the last few days…trying to quiet all the busy and the list of things that need to get done and just breathe in His GREAT love.  It changes everything.  It changes my outlook on the day.  It changes the way that I conduct meetings and make phone calls.  It changes what I spend my time doing, and the vision I have for what needs to be done tomorrow.

As we begin a new year, and anticipate with eagerness and anxiety all that is to come, my prayer for each of you is that your every thought would be held captive by the awesomeness of your Savior’s GREAT love.  May it inspire and encourage you.  May it bring strength and beautiful calm all at the same time.  May it be the framework in which you have conversations and go about your day.  May you and I never take for granted, not only that we have His GREAT love, but that He has given us His Word in order that we may be ever-learning and growing deeper in our knowledge of His love.

Psalm 145:3: “Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom!


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