Thank you to Lori Konopasek, Dean of Students, for writing today's blog.
|This is Mrs. Konopasek's artwork - a giraffe.|
I am not much of an artist; basically, only my mother appreciates my art. I am not even sure if my handiwork made it on the refrigerator for display for very long when I was a child. Even though I am lacking in artistic skill, I still enjoy art and design. I love visiting independent art stores, and decorating my first home is a great memory.
A bigger scope of design that we can appreciate is in our relationship to God. God designed us on purpose and for a purpose. This is the very first principle of Appropriate Independence, the guiding philosophy of Shepherds. It is also the title of a first-year class at Shepherds College. We are God’s masterpiece; we are His artistic work and design. In the class, my co-teacher Mrs. Cyr and I want to help students gain an understanding of God’s design for their lives. The fact that God has a plan for them and designed each student with a disability is a powerful and empowering concept.
I asked students about what being designed on and for a purpose means to them. Here are some student answers:
“He made me just the way he wanted me.”
“I am to help other people.”
“God made me to do a job for him.”
“I was made by God because God loves me.”
“I have a place in life, and God made me to talk about him.”
“I was made for a reason.”
Here are some staff responses:
“I will always be loved by God and can be used by Him.”
“I am not a mistake. He guides me to complete that purpose and gives me wisdom, strength, and grace to fulfill that purpose. He delights in using me to accomplish it.”
“I have value.”
“God made each of us the way He wanted and gave us each a special job to do.”
“I am reminded of God’s sovereignty, unique design, and desire to use me for His glory.”
“God orchestrates my life. I don’t have to worry because His love is a masterpiece.”