Challenges of the Journey
This week I received a visitor who reminded me of an unusual event that occurred six years ago at the College. About this time of year, three gentlemen used the College as a starting point for a 2,000 km walk to Stanthorpe. Many of our students walked with them for the first kilometre. They were walking to raise awareness for a missionary endeavour and also as a personal challenge for the individuals who were involved.
The visitor this week presented me with a book of that very adventure and all they encountered on that long walk. As I read through the book I was impacted not only by the description of the journey but of the messages of encouragement for life’s journey. In our culture, schooling plays a significant part of life’s journey. As a College, we continually encourage our students to face the challenges life can bring and sometimes to step out of their comfort zones. I was recently blessed to hear one of our senior students who has struggled with the act of public speaking, say to me that despite her fears, she was not willing for it to ‘beat her’ and hold her back from the things she wished to achieve. She effectively was willing to ‘step out of the comfort zone’ we all can so often set up camp in.
Last Friday we hosted an interschool 7’s Rugby League competition sponsored by the Brisbane Broncos. Twelve schools were involved and FCC entered three teams – U13 Boys, U15 Boys and Open Girls. For most of the students, this was their first game of competition rugby league. The physical nature of the sport meant that for these students it was a real challenge which they rose to wonderfully. Despite the bumps and bruises all thoroughly enjoyed the challenging experience. We hope to make it a regular event and we thank Mr David Westley (a parent and highly experienced ex-NRL player) for his coaching and preparation of the students. Again, I was reminded of the lessons we learn from these ‘out of the comfort zone’ experiences. While we can sometimes feel the bumps and bruises in a season, I have also found these to be major character building lessons (I’m sure you have too!). I am constantly comforted by the scripture from Philippians which says:
Philippians 4:13, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me‘
Be encouraged no matter what season you are in, that God is inevitably making and molding all of us more and more into His image. On the other hand, if you are camped in a ‘comfort zone’, I encourage you to be bold and take a step of faith knowing that God always makes a way and always goes before us.
God bless you over the September break period.
Hector Costello – Principal