And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (ESV)
Have you seen people who are All In when it comes to fishing?
How about the All In fans of the Bucs or the Lightning?
Anyone know someone who is All In when it comes to a hobby, like photography, or scrapbooking, or collecting?
Even kids can be All In when it comes to dinosaurs, or a certain video game, or American Girls dolls.
With that in mind, it should not be very hard to envision what it means for someone at St. Paul Lutheran School to be All In for the 2019-2020 school year.
We might picture a student who is so devoted to his or her studies that fun activities are delayed until work is done and done well. But we also might see a student who cares deeply for classmates and treats them with empathy and respect.
There might be an image in our mind of a teacher who plans lots of extra engaging activities to make lessons much more exciting. Or we might have an image of a teacher who makes sure to find ways to integrate the message of Christian faith and hope into lesson in a very natural way.
We might imagine staff members that go out of their way to be polite and helpful.
You get the idea. And maybe you can add other ways that the SPLS community can give evidence of being All In.
Ultimately, it boils down to doing everything (All) in the name of the Lord Jesus. If we say things, act on things, think about things, respond to things, and treat things as if Jesus was on the receiving end we are showing what it means to be All In.
Can we do this always and without fail? Of course not, and so being All In can reflect what we strive to do, even when we do it imperfectly. In fact, being All In might be most evident in how we act when we fail to live up to God’s expectations or even our own. We believe someone who is All In this year at SPLS will show that taking responsibility, exhibiting remorse, seeking and receiving forgiveness, and working to make things right is perhaps the singular most clear indication that we are striving to do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. And it is most certainly the place we need to start.
In His Children’s Service, Robert C. Boyd