One of the great things about being a teacher, is to hopefully live long enough to see how some of your students turned out. I had the privilege of having an outstanding young man in my classroom when he was in middle school. And then again, when I moved to the high school to teach advanced drawing and AP, he was there, shining amongst the best.
He graduated in the top group (top 12) from our large high school, went to Ringling School of Art and Design, graduated 4 years later and was snatched up for employment at Sony Imageworks in their animation studio. But most importantly is the character of this young man. Talented. Industrious. Trustworthy. A follower of Christ.
I just got home from the movie theatre where we watched Monster House, his the first project. We enjoyed the movie even though it was a bit creepier than my normal choices in movies. And when the movie was over, we stayed in our seats to watch the credits roll.
What a treat for me! To see his name as the credits rolled by….and remember that 7th grade boy with a sketchbook full of drawings that he kept with him at all times and who fussed when I assigned a color project but managed with glowing success……. I couldn’t have been much prouder unless I had been his parent.
Applause, Jarred! I’m so proud of you.
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledgeâ€”that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Eph 3: 14-21