Cherish One Another

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” 
John 15:13 (NIV)

About a year ago one of my best friends moved to Austin, TX. As it became apparent that our time together was coming to an end, I realized that I needed to make the most of our moments together. I needed to take the time to appreciate our friendship. It also helped me realize that I needed to stretch out and make new friends; this allowed me to become closer to others whom I never thought would have become closer to. 

As time goes on, so too do our relationships. They are constantly changing. For example, your best friend now may not be your best friend in twenty years or a person you’re not close with right now might become your most cherished relationship in a few years. Life moves, and it moves fast. Whether it be the people in your life or the places and things that you surround yourself with, it will change.

Now, before you get too freaked out by that, just know that this is a part of life. It makes us into who we are as we get older. We would never grow if everything just stayed the same all the time. And because change is inevitable, we need to find more ways to cherish one another in the time we have with each other. We should be encouraged to take photos with the people we love, record our memories in writing, and simply seize any opportunity we have to enjoy the moments with one another, however little or small. Give your friends and loved ones your all and be devout in your attention and in your affection. As it says in John 15:13 (NIV), “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” This verse expresses exactly what we should be doing in our relationships and in order to do that, we must first cherish one another.  

To summarize, we need to embrace the reality that our relationships change as time goes by. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be following Christ's teachings by embracing the moments we have with our loved ones.  Create wonderful memories. Be present in your relationships and appreciate them.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Grace, one of our tenth grade students (pictured).