FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK:
Dear Valued Saint Amelia School Parents and Guardians:
Jesus Teaches Us about First Impressions
“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.” In Luke 6:37, it is made very clear that when it comes to the intolerance of others, there are things that we sometimes do that should be put to a stop.
From time to time we have all been told that variety is the spice of life. What a boring world we would live in if we spent every moment of every day surrounded by exact replicas of ourselves! Yet it is this variety that often leads us to judge others prematurely. God challenges us to look beyond the exterior and to see all the good that is on the inside. Think of the great novels you would have never read if you decided a book’s intellectual value based solely on the appearance of the book’s cover. Christ does not care about our wealth, ethnic background, skin color, academic abilities or anything else that makes us “different.” He only cares about how we treat each other and what is in our hearts.
Intolerance happens right in our own backyard every single day. Examples include the halls at school, the local community and even the television. If you ever find yourself hearing a tasteless joke about someone that is different or being made fun of for being different there is an opportunity for you to be a disciple of Jesus and step up and do what is right. Mother Teresa was quoted “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” My challenge to everyone in the Saint Amelia school community for the month of November (and always) is to take the time and energy that may be used to judge someone that we are intolerant of and redirect that time and energy to embrace the uniqueness that their differences bring to us.
Please use the prayer below as we work together to embrace tolerance within our school community and strive to be an example for the world today:
“A Disciples Prayer for Tolerance” Heavenly Father, help those blinded by pride to see that everyone was created in Your likeness. Bless those hurt by rudeness, numbed by neglect and crippled by the injustice of the intolerance in the world. Turn our eyes to You for tolerance, healing and a renewed faith in You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Have a very blessed month,
Scott C. Kapperman