Once again, it is my special privilege to welcome you to a new school year. I’m excited for what the year has in store. For the past three weeks, MAK has been bustling with activity: first our new staff orientation, then our teacher prep week, followed by our first week of school. It is so good to have the immense energy of teachers and students alike within our walls again.
One of my privileges each year is to choose an annual theme for the year – one we discuss in chapels, Bible classes, and myriad school events and classroom conversations. This year, our theme is: Live for What Lasts.
每年，我都很榮幸可以選擇當年學校的主題 – 這是可以在教會時間、聖經課、和其他五花八門課堂上可以討論的主題。今年，我們的主題是「為永恆而活」。
To be honest, this theme is a fairly deep one – one that requires some introspection that will be difficult for many of our elementary students. But the idea of living for what truly lasts is one of the most important goals we can pursue as humans. It was also something that Jesus was constantly talking about.
老實說，這是個很深奧的主題 – 需要一些自我反省，且對我們許多國小學生來說很難懂的主題。但是，為了真正永恆的事物而活這個想法，是我們身為人類來說，一個很重要，值得追求的目標。
In the book of John, He asked, “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”
In another instance He told the story of a wise and a foolish builder. The first built his house on sand, and when a flood arose, all was lost. The second “dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.”
At another time Jesus commissioned his followers saying, “I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.”
還有一次，耶穌 揀 選 了 他門徒 、 並說：「 我 分 派 你 們 去 結 果 子 、 叫 你 們 的 果 子 常 存 」。
My hope in my own life is that the things that I do, the things that I spend time on, and the things that I concern myself with will be things that will have some permanence. But I don’t think this is possible unless I stop to consider both what things have lasting value and how I might do those things with lasting effect.
As we begin the year this year, let’s collectively consider what parts of our lives we should prioritize in light of lasting value. Do we spend enough time caring for our souls through solitude and personal reflection? Do we constantly prioritize work over our families? Are we more concerned with our material possessions or with having a good time than we are with the needs of those around us? Do we live enough in light of what happens after death?
Similarly, let’s consider how we do the things we do and whether or not our ways have lasting value. In our interactions with our children or students, are we fully present, investing in each conversation, or are we preoccupied with the next task? Have we fallen prey to the addictions of our electronic devices, constantly focused on the next email, the next Line message, the next like, or the next comment? At work do our colleagues see our kindness and genuine care and concern?
Join me in my attempts, successes, and failures at Living for What Lasts this year. I think it’s worth the investment.