Loved for Me

July 03, 2019 | Education | Jenae Rogers

Smiling faces stare. Glances tell a story. I hope they like me. I know worrying does me no good — some people will like me; some will not. But, I still have often yearned for acceptance.

Attending a Christian school has changed my life for the better. I no longer crave love and acceptance because I know I already have it from my friends, teachers and God. I know working hard toward my goals is a must, but, no matter how many times I fail, I will still be accepted and loved by my friends, teachers and acquaintances.

I have met so many friends in Christian schools. They have all changed my life for the better. No matter what situation I am going through, they listen and give me advice. I feel comfortable praying for my friends and debating difficult topics with them. When I pass people in the hall, they smile and ask how my day was. In Christian schools, I do not have to worry about being made to feel inferior.

My teachers make Christian education worthwhile and different. I know they care about my future, and I feel comfortable talking with them about anything school-related. Several of my teachers start their class by asking what we have done this week and truly care about our well-being. They challenge me academically and spiritually. Because of them, I have learned to push myself to achieve my full potential. I do not have to worry about what life will throw at me because I know now I can handle it with God’s help.

Some of the most memorable moments of my life have been on trips with my school. Our trips to camp have brought me closer to nature and God. They have helped me form new relationships. People who were acquaintances became close friends. While helping with outreach programs such as free medical clinics, I have met so many people who thank me endlessly for my time and kindness. They have told me stories about their lives; some even shared conversion stories with me. We make a bigger impact when we help others. Christian education has helped to foster within me a giving and helpful spirit.

The acceptance and love I have received through Christian education has brought me to where I am today. I am surrounded by people who care about me and want the best for me. Teachers have encouraged me to excel. Opportunities and experiences made possible because of my school have helped to shape my character. And, in the midst of it all, I don’t have to worry about fitting in. I can be me.