“Every Day”

As we enter in to a new year here at WCS, I’ve been talking to the students in chapel
about making a choice every day to have a positive attitude. We are focusing on Psalm
118:24 and using it as an unofficial mantra. When I ask the students what day it is,
they respond: “This is the day that the Lord has made!” When I follow up by asking
them what they are going to do about it, they add: “I will rejoice and be glad in it!”

Toward that end, we’re encouraging all of our students and staff to begin every day with
a prayer and ask God to help them have a good day. I promised our students if they do
this, it will help them to have a better year than the previous one and if last year was
good, this year will be even better! I even backed it up on the secondary campus with a
guarantee: “If you pray every morning and my promise does not prove to be true, come
tell me at the end of the year and I will take you to Sonic!”

I was convicted of this truth a couple of years ago through an experience I had with one
of the boys from an inner city neighborhood in Fort Worth, that’s part of a mentoring
group I help with on a weekly basis. His previous school year had not been a good
experience. He spent all or part of almost every week in either “in school suspension”
or in “alternative school” for fighting. The next year he had made it to November with
no major discipline infractions. In our small groups one day we were talking about
prayer. I asked him how often he prayed and he told me “every day”. I was skeptical,
so I told him praying at meals didn’t count, but he stuck to his answer. I didn’t believe
him, so I pressed him by asking when he prayed “every day”. He told me that he prayed
every morning before school, and then he said something that convicted me, and taught
me more than I could have possibly taught him that day: “Mr. Gravitt, I pray every day
before I go to school. I have to. If I don’t, I’ll have another year like I did last year.” I
understood in a whole new way what dependence on God was all about.

We’ve made prayer a priority this year with our students and our staff. The PTP has set
up a beautiful prayer room on the elementary campus, and we have groups of moms that
meet on a regular basis. We hope you will join us as we pray for our kids and our school.