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There is a really great question I have heard a few times over the last couple of weeks: Imagine how boring the world would be if we were all the same?
Looking around at the staff and students here at PCS, you couldn’t get a more different bunch of humans. We are definitely not boring! We are a group of people from many denominations of churches, many different universities and schooling backgrounds, many different families and we all love different football teams. We have people here from all over the world from South Africa to Southport, Queensland. We have people who love Mathematics and people who can’t count to ten without using their fingers. We have people who are great at ticking off a big list of jobs with great attention to detail and others who love to procrastinate until the very last moment. All of these things, and so many more, make us different. But being different isn’t something negative to overlook but something worth celebrating. It is our differences that make us the best team. It’s our differences that make us a beautiful community.
There has been a great theme woven through many conversations I have had with a range of people in my life around how uniquely we are all created. Just within the High School staff I work with everyday I can see our differences clearly and they make us a fully functioning team. Areas of strength for one person can build up someone else’s weak areas. If I forget something, I’m surrounded by such a great team of unique individuals that someone else is bound to remember. How boring would it be to come to work each day and hang out with people who think and act exactly the same as me? Instead I am surrounded by people who approach things in different ways, problem solve in ways I didn’t even think about and fill in the gaps using their own gifts and abilities.
In 1 Peter 4:10-11 it says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
God has created us all to be unique and serve Him in a variety of ways. He also creates the perfect storm by showing us that even in our uniqueness we are united in our love for Him and our purpose here at PCS – to deliver quality education and help our students to see their purpose and value in Christ.