“I will pour out my Spirit
on every kind of people:
Your sons will prophesy,
also your daughters;
Your young men will see visions,
your old men dream dreams.
When the time comes,
I’ll pour out my Spirit
On those who serve me, men and women both,
and they’ll prophesy.” Acts 1:16b-18
For those of us who are getting older, there is a tendency to reflect on the ‘signs of the times’ and wonder what cultural time we are really living in. When we are bombarded by non-stop bad news and are overwhelmed at the complexity of the world we live in, it is easy to get caught up in the daily news and believe that the world is spinning out of control. However, as people of faith we know that, in fact, we have a faithful Saviour who knows the plans that He has for us, and loves and cares for us despite all the issues that we are facing.
Our faithfulness to serve our risen Lord is a decision we need to make every day. We are called to be people of hope, of love and of reconciliation. Our prayer is to ask for the eyes to see the Spirit working in our schools, our homes, our neighbourhoods and in our cities. Being in a community of strength and truth allows us the gift of vision and dreaming about what could be. Being intentional about service and faithfulness and justice and forgiveness and love for our neighbor is essential to the core of who we are as God’s beloved children.
Every generation needs to read the beautiful words of Acts (or Joel) and dare to be courageous. Every generation needs to pray that they become the prophets who can proclaim boldly what is true and lovely and beautiful.
Building capacity in our young people to dare to dream the big dreams of peace, love, and reconciliation is at the very heart of being counter-culture. Love allows us to be agents of hospitality; agents of change for the common good; agents of reconciliation. As teachers and leaders of Christian schools, may we also dream big dreams; may we see the Spirit working in our classrooms and in the hearts of the students we guide and, most of all, may we be strong and courageous—never wavering in our pursuit of LOVE, God’s most excellent way!