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Editor's Letter

Purposefully Placed

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”
Acts 17:25-26, NIV

In Acts 17, we see a distraught Paul talking to the people of Athens. While very religious, the Athenians don’t really understand the true nature of God. So Paul explains that God isn’t made of gold or silver like the idols they had created. A temple doesn’t house Him, and He doesn’t need us to do anything for Him. Rather, God gives life to all of us and has given us life from the beginning of time. 

In verses 25-26, Paul then tells the people of Athens that God strategically plans out the exact time and location for each of us. And, He hopes our placements will cause us to reach out to Him. In other words, God desires a personal relationship with each of us. 

What Paul says is still true for us today:

  • We were created for an appointed time and a chosen place.
  • God wants a personal relationship with us.
  • God wants a personal relationship with our students and coworkers.
  • God purposefully placed us in our schools at this specific time for the purposes of drawing us and those around us to Him. 

Let’s continue to draw ourselves and others to the God who gives us life. We truly have been placed in our schools for such a time as this.