Chaplain’s Corner – Junior School

In some of our CARE classes this week, we have been talking about the Carey Positive Learner Attribute for 2019, ‘Resilience’. We have particularly focussed on one aspect of resilience: the ability to ‘turn disappointments into opportunities’. Sometimes, something in life will knock us flat, and we’ll find it hard to get up again. We all know what it is like to fall, but falling doesn’t have to mean we are out of the game. How often have you watched a sport match and seen a player knocked to the ground? The crowd gasps and tension fills the air. But then after a few nervous moments, the player rises to their feet and the crowd goes wild. They’re back in the game!

None of us want to fall. We want to do the right thing. We want to get all the opportunities we try out for. We want to make the best decisions. We want to pass the tests of faith. We often have the best intentions – but we can still fall. And what do we do then? Do we lie on the field waiting for someone else to pick us up and carry us off to the change rooms? I hope not!

In 1 Samuel 13:14, King David was called a man after God’s heart. But he mucked up, made a really bad decision and could have given up in shame. But he didn’t. He asked for forgiveness and continued to serve God.

Throughout Exodus, Moses could have often felt worthless, particularly after he killed an Egyptian soldier! But God was still able to use him.

It’s not always easy to get up and go again. When we fall, getting up can seem pretty difficult. We can feel defeated, embarrassed and hopeless. But the situation isn’t hopeless. We may have fallen, but with God’s help, we can get up.

‘I am confident of this, that God, who began the good work in you, will carry it on to completion.’ Philippians 1:6

Janine de Paiva
Junior School Chaplain