Never Give Up
We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.
It is something of a shock that I find myself at the end of my first term at Bayside Christian College. Although the past three months have been busy, they have been most enjoyable. Although I am still working toward consistently putting names to faces correctly, I am getting a little better as each day comes and goes.
One of the things that I quickly discovered, and have consistently reinforced, is that the College is full of the most amazing young people. The students have not only been incredibly welcoming, they have also been kind, generous and forgiving of me as I have settled into the College. The same is also true of the staff, and you the parents.
As a newcomer to Bayside I have been asking myself “What is it that makes the College such a great place to be?” The answer I have discovered is attitude. What has struck me is the attitude of students, staff and parents; an attitude of hope that drives them to look ahead and never give up, even if they are doing it tough.
One of the great examples of this “never give up” attitude is Thomas Edison. "According to a
1961 Reader’s Digest article by Edison’s son Charles, Edison calmly walked over to him as he watched the fire destroy his dad’s work. In a childlike voice, Edison told his 24-year-old son, “Go get your mother and all her friends. They’ll never see a fire like this again.” When Charles objected, Edison said, “It’s all right. We’ve just got rid of a lot of rubbish.” Later, at the scene of the blaze, Edison was quoted in The New York Times as saying, “Although I am over 67 years old, I’ll start all over again tomorrow.” He told the reporter that he was exhausted from remaining at the scene until the chaos was under control, but he stuck to his word and immediately began rebuilding the next morning without firing any of his employees.”
[Credit to: Thomas Edison Muckers: “Thomas Edison’s Reaction To His Factory Burning Down Shows Why He Was So Successful”, Richard Feloni, 9 May 2014]
It is wonderful to be in a community that recognises that with each new day, we have the opportunity to start afresh - no matter the circumstances. We are a community that allows the Lord to show them how to salvage hope from despair in the knowledge that great joy lies ahead.
With Term 1 coming to a close the hope and joy of Term 2 is equally upon us. I am looking forward to journeying with you into Term 2 and all that it holds in store for us. In the meantime thank you for a great Term 1 and enjoy the break.