From the Principal
We will remember them
Last Friday, the students of St Paul’s gathered together to recognise the brave service of the men and women of our Defense Forces. Their service past, present and future, is something we will forever remember and be grateful for.
On Monday 25 April 2022, despite the rain and wind, hundreds gathered at the Caboolture RSL ANZAC Service to pay their respects. St Paul’s represented beautifully on the day, marching in memory of those lost and in the encouragement of those still serving. Lest we forget!
Where does courage come from and how do you get it when you need it? This week, as we reflect on the courage and service of our ANZAC’s, it is timely to consider what it means to have courage.
It is an interesting thing to think about… being fearless. Through my reading of late, it is clear to me that it is not the absence of fear, but the presence of fear that makes one fearless. Okay, now before you think I’ve completely lost the plot here, let’s take a minute to think about this.
Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one. In essence, fear is inextricably linked to courage. You see, one cannot be courageous without first being fearful. Without fear, there is no need for courage. I have been privileged to observe a vast number of new students enter our community during the last week. Each student and their family met with me at our enrolment interview and I asked them, ‘How are you feeling?’
One by one they each replied, nervous, a little scared and a little excited. Each young person had some trepidation in starting fresh, in a new place, with new people. Each one has shown courage in stepping into the St Paul’s Community. I take my hat off to them all for their courage, determination and efforts.
This week, as we each face our own fears, big or small, let us remember where true courage comes from. Remember the small boy David, who faced the giant Goliath, his courage did not come from within himself, but rather from a deep and trusting faith in God. It was in God’s name, with God as his shield, that he overcame Goliath. Know that God is with you. He is beside you, in front of you, behind you and within you. You are never alone. Look to Him when fear takes hold. He will steady you.