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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Daily Devotional: Free to Follow

Wednesday May 16, 2018  by Monica Brands           
Read: Matthew 11:25–30  |Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 24–25; John 5:1–24

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

My high school cross-country coach once advised me before a race, “Don’t try to be in the lead. The leaders almost always burn out too quickly.” Instead, he suggested I stay close behind the fastest runners. By letting them set the pace, I could conserve the mental and physical strength I’d need to finish the race well.
Leading can be exhausting; following can be freeing. Knowing this improved my running, but it took me a lot longer to realize how this applies to Christian discipleship. In my own life, I was prone to think being a believer in Jesus meant trying really hard. By pursuing my own exhausting expectations for what a Christian should be, I was inadvertently missing the joy and freedom found in simply following Him (John 8:32, 36).
But we weren’t meant to direct our own lives, and Jesus didn’t start a self-improvement program. Instead, He promised that in seeking Him we will find the rest we long for (Matthew 11:25–28). Unlike many other religious teachers’ emphasis on rigorous study of Scripture or an elaborate set of rules, Jesus taught that it’s simply through knowing Him that we know God (v. 27). In seeking Him, we find our heavy burdens lifted (vv. 28–30) and our lives transformed.
Because following Him, our gentle and humble Leader (v. 29), is never burdensome—it’s the way of hope and healing. Resting in His love, we are free.

Lord, I’m so thankful I don’t have to be in charge of my own life. Help me rest in You.

True freedom is found in following Christ.

INSIGHT
“Following Jesus” may be the best way to describe the essence of the Christian life. Jesus is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2 nkjv), which means He is both the starting point and the culmination of our rescue—a reality secured by the cross. His resurrection is part of this as well. Paul said, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). The term firstfruits reminds us that Jesus secured our restoration to the Father through His death and subsequent victory over death. This victory is at the heart of His call to us: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Peter added of the Savior’s sufferings, “You have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (1 Peter 2:21 nasb).
What better response to His sacrifice could we ever give than to simply and wholeheartedly follow Him?
Bill Crowder

Mark Your Calendar:

May 16: LPT General Membership meeting, 6:30 PM in the LIbrary
May 17: Exams 1 and 2, dismiss at 11:30 am
May 18: Exam 3, exam review, dismiss at 11:30 am
May 20: Baccalaureate, 4 pm
May 21: Exams 4 and 5, dismiss at 11:30 am
May 22: Exams 6 and 7, dismiss at 11:30 AM
May 22: Kindergarten Graduation, 10 am
May 23: Teacher workday, 9 am to 3 pm (students do not attend)
May 24: Awards ceremony, dismiss at 10:30 am
May 24: Graduation ceremony, 7 pm
June 9 (Saturday): LPT Blood drive in the Gym, 9am to 3 pm

May Birthdays

A Happy May 2nd Birthday to Sadie J.! A Happy May 2nd Birthday to Aeron M.! A Happy May 5th Birthday to Madison Ba.! A Happy May 9th Birthday to Molly M.! A Happy May 11th Birthday to Julia H.! A Happy May 12th Birthday to Harper G.! A Happy May 16th Birthday to Cole N.! A Happy May 16th Birthday to Caitlyn G.! A Happy May 17th Birthday to Jacob T.! A Happy May 21st Birthday to Alana P.! A Happy May 23rd Birthday to Marlena M.! A Happy May 27th Birthday to Kameron H.! A Happy May 29th Birthday to Avery A.!

Summer Birthdays

Happy Birthday to the following students who have summer birthdays:
Tyler Gl., Jordan S., Noah F., Luke H., Brent C., Zumar S., Kelly F., Andrew B., Molly L., Daniel E., David S., Alaina C., Caleb S., Hunter D., Ellie M., Ellie T., Brianna G., Caleb C., Johnathan A., Michael A., Travis B., Gillian C., Nathan G., Emma V.

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO Meeting; Tutorials
Tuesday: Tutorials
Wednesday: Tutorials
Thursday: Half-day
Friday: Half-day

Announcements:

Lost & Found – Please check the tables in the front lobby and see if you have any items in lost and found. Any items left after the 24th will be donated.

Yearbooks are on sale now! They are $30 until May 24. After that the price will go up to $35. Please see the front office to place your order!!!

**Please remember to return your individual spring pictures ASAP or turn in money if you are purchasing them to Mrs. Roberts in the office.

Teachers & Students that drive - Please remember to drive slowly and carefully when you pull in or out of the parking lot. Children can be anywhere, arrive early, and stay after school.

Students and parents of students who ride the bus: Please be at your stop early. Buses run on a tight schedule, if you make the bus wait they are late to the stops that follow you. ALSO: parents, please be at the pickup point on time in the afternoons . . . If the bus is sitting there waiting on you, you probably need to be there a bit earlier.

Announcements for Teachers:

Athletics

All basketball uniforms need to be turned in ASAP to Mrs. Anderson.

 

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