What is one of the most important ingredients to the success of any team, organization, or community? When we think of some of the all-time great athletes like Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky, we sometimes forget that they had Scottie Pippen and Jari Kurri to come alongside them to make them consistent champions. In essence, they were only as good as their support team, despite how great they were. As a matter of fact, they never won championships again once their support teams were out of the equation.
We all come to a place in life where the support of others is necessary for us to move forward and succeed. This quote from an unknown author captures this best: “Be strong enough to face the world each day. Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone.” As part of our chapel today, Mrs. Masengi reflected on the role of support for students and what types of support can be needed. She also highlighted how our Student Support Services, parents and friends can all be part of that support network.
From a spiritual perspective, we can look to the story of the Good Samaritan to show us how we can provide support to others as a loving neighbour. The story also serves as an example that we can be the one who has been hurt and needs to be supported. Ultimately, we must also recognize that we cannot do anything alone, but rather we need Christ. In John 15:5, Jesus lays everything down plainly for us: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” He is the one who provides the entire support structure for us to connect our branch and in turn to bear fruit.
Once we find our support in Jesus and the amazing people that He places around us, this is when we will be able to be at our best and fulfil the mission that God has for us.
J-D Lussier, Principal