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Message from the Executive Director–Do You Know that YOU are awesome?

Michelle Rassler, Executive Director
May 2021

I’ve been thinking about respect (esteem for or a sense of worth) lately.

I’ve been considering what it means to have reverence (a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe) for all (the entire universe). The expectation of having respect and reverence for all is a very tall order. This challenge has led me to focus on 2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.”

My husband and I love to travel. National and State Parks are often part of our journey. Each park fills me with a sense of awe. Whether it is looking up at Mt. Rainier in Washington, looking down at the amazing canyons at Canyonlands National Park in Utah, or listening to the water at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach…God’s creation is awesome.

But God did not stop with creating a majestic world, God created each one of us, too! We are made in His image. By focusing on this, and looking for Christ in each person, it can greatly change our approach and response. I often share how I appreciate the many perspectives and ideas that residents, team members, families and others contribute to our campus. This creates a richness that helps us grow and work towards a successful future. It is a blessing to have so many voices that care…it really is! The ideas, questions, concerns, and appreciation that are shared provides important input with much wisdom, love and encouragement.

Might we join together to look for Christ our Lord in everyone so that we will have respect and reverence for all? How might that approach and perspective change us? How might it change each person we come in contact with? It is a practice we can use broadly and yet one that needs to be renewed with each interaction. It is a practice that may be easy with someone you agree with and yet feels almost impossible with someone having a very different worldview. I am grateful that through Christ, this is possible!

You…yes, you…are awesome! Spread the word.