Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects,
always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. And now these three remain: faith, hope
and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & 13)
You may have heard this text used at a wedding; maybe even your own. During the sermon of my wedding in 2000, the Pastor (who just happened to be my father) challenged me to substitute the word love in the text for my own name and see how I fared:
Darren is patient,
Darren is kind,
Darren does not envy,
Darren does not boast,
Darren is not proud,
Darren does not dishonour others,
Darren is not self-seeking,
Darren is not easily angered,
Darren keeps no record of wrongs (etc. etc. etc.)
I think you get the message. This exercise is quite a confronting one as when my name was substituted, I felt like a complete failure in every aspect. There is absolutely no way I could pass this test. I am a human being, I am flawed.
Whilst we should never expect to ever successfully complete this challenge, it is a worthwhile task to complete. As Jesus himself said in verse thirteen of the text; the greatest quality we can display to our neighbour is love. It is not quite as simple as saying the words though is it?
As we journey through life, let us strive and do our very best to exhibit the qualities listed in the verses from 1 Corinthians. Let’s model these qualities to our children to encourage them to also grow into a life of serving others and being the best person they can be; in Jesus’ name.
Dear TLS Community,
A very warm welcome back to school to begin a new school year. I was amazed how so many of our students have grown over a seven-week period when I greeted them on Monday. I take the
opportunity to commend all TLS students for the manner in which they have approached the new
school year. Classroom attitudes and behaviours have been exceptional which is testament to how much our students have grown, not only in centimetres but also maturity and character.
As mentioned in Darren’s Digest circulated last week, we welcome a number of new staff members
to the TLS family this year. A warm welcome is extended to Craig Lieschke, Megan Hampel, Sally
Garrett, Justine Schulz and Allison Boehm as they begin their journey with us here at TLS.
It was lovely too to welcome all of our new students at our opening Chapel service on
Monday morning. I trust that, as they begin their time with us at TLS they will be made to feel welcome and an immediate member of the special family that is being a TLS student.
We welcome all new families and the following new students to TLS:
* Lucy Amos
* Jesse Bartsch
* Hugh Blackborough
* Amelia Bohmer
* Harrison Clay
* George Cummins
* Isla Glaetzer
* Charlie Hage
* Hamish Hazeldine
* Isla Helbig
* Anuj Joshi
* Nathan Kaesler
* Jacob Keil
* Ava Kroschel
* Hayley Martin
* Ned McAlister
* Madison McNamara
* Owen Mebberson
* Ella Reichelt
* Thomas Schild
* Indie Sherwood
* Lucas Skinner
* Celeene Williams
* Thomas Wohlers
So, as we embark on another school year, I remind all members of the TLS community that my door is always open to you should you ever have a question, query or concern. I look forward to further strengthening the partnership between school and home as the year unfolds.
Until next week, God’s blessings to all.