Emily Nisch

By Emily Nisch-USA

This week Sue Pratt taught on “team building and conflict resolution.” She emphasized that differences between people should compliment each other, not produce tension or strife, and that conflict is a realistic part of life, so an unresolved conflict, not the conflict itself, is the problem. Our whole school has been in a process of learning to live with each other in unity and love, and this week we were provided with more practical ways in which to do that. As we prepare to head out on outreach, the importance of actually living together in a Christian way has begun to move more from my head into my heart, and I have had more of a passion to really live the unity and love that Jesus tells us to live. I have seen this activated to a greater degree in all of us, and there has been a greater effort on everyone’s part to understand and encourage one another’s differences, and not assume that we know someone else’s motivations for doing something.

Sue ended with Philippians 2:1-11, highlighting verse 3: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” This verse was accompanied by several other helpful quotes. One by G.K. Chesterton really stuck out to me: “There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the really great man is the man who makes every man feel great.” Together, this verse and quote showed me how humility, obedience to God, and the love of his ways over our own, allow us to show God’s love to others, build others up, and live with the servant heart that Jesus displayed.

This week has definitely given me guidance that has already been changing how I live, and that I expect will continue to do so!

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