Most of you know I travel quite a bit to teach students all over the world. This week, I've been in West Texas at a school in Amarillo. San Jacinto Christian Academy is one of only a handful of Christian Schools in the Panhandle of Texas still left after the Recession.
It's tough economically to run a private school when you're trying to compete with a well healed town of people who also serve at the Public Schools. Amarillo is still a town of 200K people who live a quiet, small town like lifestyle, and it's evident from the moment you meet your first Amarillo Texan.
Everyone I met was smiling, grateful for the time I spent with them. And I too, felt like being grateful they would have me teach their teenagers. If you've read any of my articles in the last month, you'll know I'm on a new trek for finding gratefulness in my life and the lives of others. Amarillo was a GREAT place to be grateful.
First, I'm grateful for the Fairley family. Chase, Christian, and Caroline were gracious hosts. Mr. and Mrs. Fairley are always ready to serve at anything I needed, and were the epitome of Texas hospitality.
Secondly, I'm grateful for San Jacinto Christian Academy. Their heart to help students navigate academics while teaching a solid spiritual development is a breath of refreshing air. I grew up in a small Christian School in Arkansas, and I know how hard it is to rally administrators, teachers, and students. Thanks to Mark, Nick, Hollie, and the crew at San Jac who are making a difference in the lives of hundreds of kids.
And last, but certainly not least, I'm grateful for the student body at San Jacinto. They were incredible listeners, asked interesting questions, and were ready to wrestle different ideas they needed to wrestle with. I'm thankful for the group of students who are willing to examine their spiritual formation in all honesty, not hiding behind a Christian Sub Culture to mask the humanity we all are dealing with. Thank you all for a wonderful week.
OH...and a BIG THANKS to my friends in Panhandle Texas. Angela, Matt, and Mike you guys are an inspiration as you lead the RIVER church there. Thanks for having me up to hang with your students. It was a joy!! Can't wait to do it again.
For today, I'm heading back to the Braner Party of 7 for a couple of days of relaxing, and then on the road again next week for another inspiring adventure.
Today...my heart is full.