“And as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.”
Eph. 6:15 (ESV)
As we begin the season of giving and sharing, it really is about the gospel of forgiveness, to have peace with God. What a joy to tell others about God’s love as shown through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
PCS has a wonderful opportunity to share the love of God through our shoes!
The country of Venezuela has undergone massive economic upheaval. It is reported that the total inflation rate since 2016 has reached 54 million percent. It is hard to imagine that number, I looked it up and it is true. The people have many needs but one major article of clothing that is vital are shoes.
Working with churches in Venezuela and Colombia, shoes cross the border and are distributed by churches, to the needy. The government will allow used shoes to pass through, but not new shoes. Through a contact we have with the Iglesia Principe de Paz, in Tachira, Venezuela; we have committed as a school to help meet the need. You can also find out more information about this project through the Facebook group; “Venezuela Relief Project” Click Here
So here is what we can do to help… collect used shoes. Look in your closet, ask a friend to look in their closet as well. All different sizes are needed. Bring them to school during the month of November. We will place a bin in the school lobby, and as the shoes come in we will count and sort them and place them in the boxes to be shipped.
At the end of the month we will send them to the coordination centre for transport.
What a simple and amazing way to demonstrate the shoes of the readiness of the gospel of peace.
Final jeopardy answer, under the category “Average teenager with a cell phone”
Answer “2617” (key in jeopardy music)
Question; “What is the average number of times young people touch, swipe, or tap their phones in one day?”
My thoughts go to the word “Boundaries” What are they? Who establishes them? Why are they there? President J.F.Kennedy stated “ Don’t ever take a fence down, until you know the reason why it was put up.” In the realm of parenting, boundaries are extremely important to establish the routines that will create the necessary life skills in a growing individual.
Cell phone use seems to have no boundaries. Children, at a progressively earlier age, are being allowed to touch, swipe and tap their phones during dinner, late at night or at any other available moment.
Tristan Harris, former design ethicist at Google, expressed his concern that the hijacking of people’s minds and weaknesses occurred when you can persuade people to keep scrolling, clicking, watching the next thing.
I immediately think of Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may
discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable
and perfect. (ESV)
The mind must have fences built to guard it so that it does not conform to the world’s every whim and desire. The role of parents is to determine the value of screen time versus Scripture time.
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
Psalm 101:3a (ESV)
Can we take God’s words seriously? It is telling us that it's not just “BAD” stuff that we are to be wary of, it is also the mindless garbage that does nothing to add value to our life or service to God. The intentionality of this concept will create the parameters that will allow a young mind to grow and experience the richness of the world God has created. As parents it is time to flesh out this command and set up the fences that the children need.
All we like sheep have gone astray… we need fences to protect us all.
Brett Ullman has a great talk on Tech in the family. You can watch it at this link if you are looking for some practical help.
We are constantly rating or ranking things.
TripAdvisor wants to know how satisfied I was with the hotel room. Yelp asks my ranking of a restaurant or business. Amazon wants me to review their products. Over and over I am asked to state the value of goods and services, as I see it.
Have you ever thought to compile a survey for your home life? Have your children rank items that you deem important. How will it compare? Great conversation starters and eye opening information.
The Love and Logic Institute rated the following items for parents; Homework, grades, sports, chores, parent-child relationships. It once again resonates the fact that many people have their priorities on the wrong things. You can read the article here.
So what did you think of their article?
On a scale of 1 to 10?
The comedian’s comment goes something like this: “”Why do we park on driveways, but drive on parkways?”
Traffic. It’s almost as popular subject as the weather or politics. Here at PCS the first month’s most common discussion is probably about the traffic congestion in our pick up circle. As new parents and past parents adjust to their pick up schedules, inevitably, there are crunch times when our available space is pushed beyond its limits.
So as we settle into our old/new routines, here are several things that can be considered to help ease the pain.
- As a school we are putting more staff outside, in the circle, to make you feel more comfortable at moving past other cars or even jumping ahead as people slow down.
- We all need patience. It is great that more people are carpooling. Less cars. However, please understand that since the staff can not buckle up the children, that one driver must make sure their passengers are all safely in the vehicle. This sometimes requires getting out of the car and thus the line slows down. As we identify these larger carpools we are going to try to make a special pullover spot out of the normal flow so as to reduce the congestion.
- By 3:30pm there are very few cars in the line. Maybe you could adjust your time? Have a coffee at Tims and then come to pick them up? A little “me time” is good!
- Please pull up as close as you feel comfortable to the car ahead. This will open up more spots.
- Above all be patient with each other. There are over 20 new families who are trying to adapt to a new system.
- If you are sitting in line, why not pray for the school, your children and their teachers and even for your own family. (Eph. 1:16, 6:18). A great way to redeem the time.
Thank you for all the suggestions that have come in to help address the issue and we will keep at it until this clears up. Traditionally it takes a week or two to work through the new process so we are confident things will work themselves out.
One cautionary safety note in closing. There have been some of our families blocking the traffic light intersection trying to make a left. This is illegal. If a disgruntled plaza patron reports this it may result in police presence and ticketing.