From the Deputy Headmaster

From the Deputy Headmaster

28 June 2017

I shared about “how to keep shiny” at Junior School Assembly this week. Most people have some precious objects at home, for example a special piece of dinnerware, jewellery or a special shiny rock. Sometimes our precious things lose their shine because of use or oxidisation or just from accumulated dust.

We can restore shine by taking action and removing dust or using polish or, in the case of our cars, we could try washing them! People are more precious than these shiny objects and ideally we would be shiny and happy people all the time. However, just like our precious objects, sometimes we lose a bit of our shininess too. People are more likely to stay shiny if they eat healthily, exercise and have a consistent decent amount of sleep.

But at times it is a challenge to maintain that shine. Experiencing difficulties, challenges and failures as we grow up builds our character and can help us to develop the skills necessary to maintain our shine. I bought a saxophone about 10 years ago that a had a small dent and a couple of scratches. It was a Selmer Series II and its sound was superb. That saxophone shined up well and the dent gave it character and possibly altered the sound for the better. A few dents and scratches are par for the course but we can still restore the shine.

There are two good ways that you  can help someone who has lost a bit of shine: firstly,  get alongside them and offer them some words of encouragement; secondly, through prayer. And if you are personally struggling with your shine, then my advice is to talk; talk to others and talk to God.


“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”


Ephesians 4:29

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