Published September 7, 2017 by Janice Millirons Hayman in Deacons Corner

It’s that time again! We know it must seem hard to believe, but Summer break is over, and it’s time for School!

Well, as we write these words, we know some are filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation of what all the new school year holds, and others are not nearly as thrilled as they see the challenges ahead.

We want to take this opportunity to encourage you to take advantage of every learning possibility presented to you in the days, weeks and months ahead.  From our own personal experience, we can assure you that while the years of education seem to move slowly, you will look back one day and realize the time went much faster than you dreamed possible.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of school is the network of friends you have developed over the years…some friendships will last a lifetime, while different careers and distance will separate you from them.

We want to challenge you to develop your relationship with the Lord, knowing that He will be there for you as you go through your years of school as well as after your graduation.  Here are great words from God to Joshua as he faced tremendous challenges in Deuteronomy 31:5-6 “The Lord will deliver them up before you, and you shall do to them according to all the commandments which I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

Be a person of character and integrity in a world in need of seeing these in action in the lives of people they know on a daily basis.  Too many people are intent on “being” characters, instead of having character!

Look at this great scripture on how even someone young can be a leader as Paul writes to a very young minister named Timothy: 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.”

If our students would simply take 1 Timothy 4:12 to heart and make those goals in their lives for each school year, the impact on our schools, families and churches would be amazing!

Please know we are here for you and if you need anything throughout the year, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Southside Baptist Church.

Blessings in Christ,
The Deacon Ministry – Southside Baptist Church
Bob Lear
Tommy Gardner