Author Florence Littauer writes in her book, Silver Boxes: The Gift of Encouragement, “Our words should be like silver boxes with bows on top.” The theme of her book is really an application of Ephesians 4:29, which states, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from our mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.” This biblical imperative is a reminder of the power and influence of words.
“What does this have to do with education?” you might ask. “Plenty,” I would answer. For how do we communicate our thoughts, ideas, and feelings if not through words, both spoken and written? Isn't language the vehicle we use to deliver information and proclaim truth? Has not God uniquely gifted humans with the ability to communicate through complex language, which allows us to exercise dominion over the earth?
If the aims of education are to inform and enlighten, then our words should be true and inspirational. Or, as Scripture teaches, our words should edify (build up) and be gracious. Words, properly employed, can indeed be presents we give to one another. Schools, then, should be places where people gather to exchange these “word-presents.”
My hope for Legacy Christian Academy is that we are known as the place where exchanging word-presents is the norm. I envision a covenant community where teachers, students, and parents shower each other with words of praise, encouragement, kindness, consolation, and inspiration.
As we approach the time of year when it is customary for us to exchange gifts, let's not forget the most meaningful and enduring presents we can give each other…those “silver boxes with bows on top”!
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