A Selfless Servant’s Heart

A Selfless Servant’s Heart

What an amazing first week of school!  It was great to see the teachers and students enjoying each other, getting started on important work, and beginning the process of settling in.  There were a few challenging moments, but what I observed across the school was incredible, humbling, and made me so proud of our team.

The word that came to mind was altruism, the unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others. 

The number of altruistic acts from our first week were endless, and I can think of dozens of situations off the top of my head that involved teachers and staff members encouraging colleagues in times that were desperately needed…. Covering during duties, individually supporting students, working through lunch, working after school hours, being flexible with schedule changes, being patient with Ms. Jones as she was learning to be a principal for a first week, etc., etc., etc.  These examples were just the physical help and support I observed.  I also witnessed teachers and staff comforting and encouraging each other (and students) in many ways.

Christ shows us throughout His word the importance of serving others and putting others and their needs above our own.  In Ephesians 6:7 He tells us to “serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people”.  In the story of the Good Samaritan, the Good Samaritan came upon a man who had been robbed and beaten laying on the side of the road.  He did not know the man but tended to him and got him medical attention.  He cared for him until he was healed. Philippians 2:3-4 states “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”.

God puts people in our path to help in their time of need.  As believers we are to show the love of God by serving others.  By becoming the hands and feet of God.  There’s simply no other means of following Jesus than learning to put others ahead of yourself and give your best to their needs.

I’m humbled and blessed to work alongside a group of teachers who have true servant hearts.  They love what they do, their students, and their coworkers.  They desire to see students become successful in all areas of academics, but they also desire to be God’s light to their students pointing them ultimately to Jesus and salvation.  I look forward to the school year, and to see what God has in store for Ridgecrest Christian Academy.

Deborah Jones – Principal