Simply Blessed

Waking up in the morning, slinging your feet over the side of the bed in a hazy attempt to get up and start your day. You may eat breakfast, preparing whatever happens to be easiest or close by. Then off to get yourself ready, by changing into something appropriate for work or school, fixing our hair to look just right, and some women take the time to make themselves look a little more presentable to world by applying make-up. Once you’re ready, and everyone else is ready, you pile into the family vehicle to take everyone to their destination, whether its work, school, to the babysitters, to a friend’s house, etc. Hold up just a second. During the madness of the morning rush to get ready, did you take any time to talk to God? Did you forget about Him? He didn’t forget about you. How do I know this? You were able to get up this morning and carry on your morning routine. God saw fit to wake you up because He has something for you to do today.

In the madness of the morning, it’s easy to forget about making time for God. It’s easy to not talk to Him or even think about Him during our day. There are even sometimes when we go, not just one day, but days without saying as much as a “Hi” to God. How does that make God feel? God doesn’t forget about us. He allows us to wake up, He allows us to take another breath, He allows us to carry on simple activities such as eat breakfast, or change clothes. This may seem like little things, which many of us take for granted every day. We do these things without thinking about them. However, there are people who woke up this morning, but someone else fed them, someone else dresses them, and someone else has to give them baths. These people are not just in other countries, but they are right here America; they are people who we may even know.

A blessing isn’t always something that is huge, or jaw-dropping, but a blessing can be something as simple as being able to breath without using an oxygen tank. Little things like these can add up to big things, but our vision becomes blinded by the distractions of this world. As Christians and as the creation of the almighty Creator, we need to learn to appreciate the little things that are the little blessings God grants us every day. We need to learn to make time for God, even if it’s while you’re brushing your teeth or driving the car. Just make time to thank God for the little things he has allowed you to do so far, talk to Him about whatever is on your mind. God wants us to come to him with whatever we have, because He loves enough to listen, He loves us enough to wake us up, He loved us enough to give His only Son to die for us. God is willing and waiting for us to talk to Him, we just have to learn that the little blessings that happen in our lives, didn’t happen by accident and we have God to thank for them.

New Beginnings

“New Beginnings” seems to be a constant theme for the staff at Riverside Christian School this coming school year. The summer has been filled with new life and vibrancy at the School and everyone is excited to see what this new year has in store. This includes new teachers and many new students. The first day of school is sure to be an exciting time for everyone!

The coming year holds many exciting events for the staff and students of Riverside including, a back to school party, sporting events, a wonderful chapel schedule, leadership opportunities, community service, classroom fun, and much much more. As always there will be an emphasis on quality Christian education not only in the classroom setting but in all activities at Riverside.

There are still openings for enrollment and scholarship opportunities available . Call Riverside today to give your child a new beginning at Riverside!

 

The Upside-Down Kingdom

Matthew 5:3-12

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

During the Spring Semester of this past school year the focus of our chapel services was the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Each week the staff and students took a deeper look into one or two verses. Speakers came each week and although the messages were different the overall theme remained the same, God has an upside-down kingdom. What? Think about it this way, the things that are important to this world are things like-money, fame, possessions, security, pride, and the list goes on and on with things that make our human nature jump with joy. We tend to see these things as the makings of “the good life” we want to support our lifestyle, and make a name for ourselves in this world. But according to Matthew 5 this mentality is the difference between the kingdom of Earth and the Kingdom of Heaven. As Jesus begins to teach the crowds he starts saying some things that must have seemed pretty ridiculous for those hearing them for the first time. I imagine some of the skeptics saying things like this:

“Really, blessed are those who mourn…those people are pathetic, feeling too much means you               are weak.”  commented one man.

“Yeah, and blessed are the meek, you will never get anything done that way, you act like a        doormat-people will treat you like one, am I right?” suggested another.

“Pure in heart? Come on, my name for those people are ‘tattle-tails'” said a boy in the crowd.

” No the worst of all, blessed are you when people insult you. Nobody disrespects me or my      family without consequences!” replied a woman.

You may even agree with these comments, they seem logical from a human perspective. The attitudes that Jesus is blessing are not attitudes that get a lot of positive recognition in our world today or in Jesus’ day, they are the total opposite! This is what I am talking about, Upside-down kingdom! Think about how you can be a part of this upside-down kingdom. It will require you to do things and make choices that, from a worldly standpoint, do not seem logical but from a heavenly standpoint seem like the only option.

At Riverside, we try to live as part of the Kingdom of Heaven. From a worldly standpoint, this school just does not make sense, a place where families pay little to no money to attend, a place that is fully funded on donation, a place where teachers give their time and talents for little pay. This just does not seem logical, but God is faithful! As long as Riverside continues as a part of God’s plan for this community He will provide a way for it to exist.

Be encouraged! God will provide a way, not matter how difficult, for you to live on earth as a member of his Upside-down Kingdom!