From the Headmaster's blog...

  • Posted 14 March, 2019

    Faith

    By Middle Pastoral Care Coordinator - Mr Peter Hazlewood
     
    My Christian Studies students tell me that sometimes placing faith in God feels difficult and so I ask the question, what was it that got you to this point”? Surely faith had something to do with it.
     
    You see the existence of faith isn’t something you can opt out of, disagree with or simply not believe in. Faith is something that each of us already have and rely on every day. It is deeply rooted in the 
    expectation that good things are to come. It goes beyond hope. While much of hope lives in the mind, faith dwells in the heart and the spirit. It can’t be explained away by reason or logic. Faith is taking the next step when you can’t see the entire staircase. Life would fail to have reason if we didn’t have faith. All of us have, at some point, shown great faith:  Faith in our abilities as an athlete, creative thinker, debater, musician, mathematician, dancer or writer. 
     
    Many of our students have shown faith in perseverance and to stand up to the challenge. They have faith in family, in parents and relatives that consistently care for them, provide for them and invest in their time here at the College. Some students show great faith in particular teachers who have guided them, continued to invest time and energy into them, who care for them, not only as a student but as a person. Parents have displayed great faith in our College, in Dr Quarmby and a staff who work hard to steer, guide, educate, challenge and support their children with a solid foundation for their future.
     
    Faith is just as important as the air we breathe. While the oxygen in the air nourishes the body, faith 
    nourishes the heart and the soul. It’s the energy that courses through us. Faith does exist - and so each of us should examine closely where our faith is placed.
     
    I don’t place my faith in my abilities. I have my strengths and my failings. My faith is not placed in my 
    family. Although they are a beautiful part of my life and a blessing, my wife and I, along with our children also fall short and at times leave each other feeling hurt, disappointed or let down. My faith is not in money, it’s not in material objects, it’s not in social media “likes”, or my job. My faith is not in experiences I’ve had nor is it my friends. All of these things can let me down, be disappointing or fleeting. They hold no eternal value.
     
    The one, true, ultimate object of my faith is in the birth of a baby named Jesus, born into this world to save it. My faith professes an unreserved belief in the Bible, God’s Word to mankind - true, tested and 
    unchanging. My faith is a full and unreserved confidence in God, in His love for me, and in His power to help me whatever comes my way in life. 
     
    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
     
    This faith doesn’t disappoint, doesn’t let me down and isn’t fleeting. It equips me with the things I need to do life through the challenges and the good times. My faith in God gives me courage, perspective and strength to persevere. It brings me comfort and peace no matter what my circumstance. 
     
    My faith is not a perfect one. My faith in God sometimes doubts, sometimes questions, sometimes 
    wrestles. I am not perfect and so it would be impossible for my faith to be. In the end, I take confidence from the fact that it is not the size of my faith that matters... 
     
    … it is the size of God that matters.