Reflections by Dr. Teston
A Fellowship Christian School Blog
Dear Fellowship Family,
I can hardly believe that we have been in school six weeks already. In one sense, it seems like such a brief time, but when I consider all that we’ve accomplished and experienced thus far, it’s remarkable. In just six weeks, we have gathered for the Back-to-School Block Party to celebrate the start of the year; cheered on our volleyball, cross country, and football teams; launched the new dining services; taken our middle schoolers on their annual Camp Highland retreat; and celebrated a record-breaking Annual Fund Rally. And just think, there is so much more to come!
I am truly grateful for our community of parents, coaches, faculty, and staff who have given of their time and resources to support Fellowship. So much of what happens here wouldn’t be possible without the support and efforts of our entire community. I sincerely thank you, and I would like to take a moment to acknowledge your sacrifice and encourage you. In a world where time doesn’t stand still and technology imposes the pressure of immediate responses and increased productivity, there is a lot that competes for our attention. Whether trying to be a great parent, spouse, employee, volunteer, or friend, we often get so entrenched in our tasks that we become distracted and exhausted.
In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus reminds us of the “one thing” that truly needs our attention. In chapter 10, Luke tells us of the time Jesus was invited into Martha’s home. As Martha works busily, distracted by all the preparations, her sister Mary sits quietly at Jesus’s feet. When Martha asks Jesus to tell Mary to help her, Jesus replies, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or only one indeed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I hope that rather than hearing a rebuke in Jesus’ words, you hear loving encouragement and an invitation. Serving is noble and to be commended, but we can easily exhaust ourselves if we do not spend time with the one who fills our cup. In the passage, Jesus is again inviting us to rest in him – to dwell. Spending quiet, intentional time in prayer and reading God’s word helps to replenish us and reminds us that we are valued not for what we do but for who we are in Christ.
I pray that each of us spends some time this weekend refilling our cup and remembering that when we rely not on ourselves but on Jesus, our cup always overflows.
Focusing on the one thing,
Dr. Kathryn M. Teston
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