Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. (Matt 13:45-46)
Our scripture for the week was about one’s response to finding something of great value. This impulse to sell everything is striking. It might seem rash; some might say an overreaction. In a world of so much mistrust and disappointment, being clear about what I value and finding it is a moment of revelation.
Each month we try to find what’s of value by asking simple questions of the heroes, the parents and the staff to gather feedback. For Journey, it is our path to getting better. Monthly.
This month 86% of our ES heroes strongly agreed with “I liked my school and I am happy here.”
86% of the ELS heroes strongly agreed. We are paying attention to the heroes’ feedback and we are grateful that they find value here.
And this month, the heroes are taking a writing journey into composing informational texts. With mentor texts like David Macaulay’s The Way Things Work, the heroes are being pushed to develop world-class non-fiction writing.
Noah working on his information essay all about Minecraft has developed a beginning glossary.
And as they find out about the way things work as well as what is of value, the heroes continue to pray in the Restorative Room.
They’ve thanked God for their dogs on gratitude ribbons.
And they have made earnest requests to grow closer to the Father. Discovering value in the gifts given to them as well as the value of the Giver.
May we all find the value; and may we all sell everything to obtain it.
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