salt and lightI wanted to say a few words to my eighth graders. It has been a great year with you guys. You all by now hopefully know that I love you. I hope that the things we talked about in Bible this year have caused you to solidify your faith and more clearly define your biblical worldview. In the next few years, you will be challenged to perhaps act in ways contrary to the new nature within you. I pray that our talks will come to your mind and will encourage you to seek God’s path.

Remember, I am just down the hall and am always here for you. Remember how I often told you that we learn from each other. I have learned many things from you guys this year as well. I learned to value friendship even more as I watched you guys hold each other up through some very tough times. I watched you cry with each other and I watched you  laugh as well.

I grew in my own faith as I saw yours increase. You guys asked some tough questions this year. I pray that this is only the beginning of your searching for closeness in your relationship with Jesus. Remember, it is ok to question because that is the only way we grow.

Oh yeah, thanks for all of those high fives each morning, afternoon and at least a dozen other times during the day!! I am also glad you guys have learned to express your Christian love for each other. We are family in the truest sense of the word. We might as well get used to living as family.

As you enter into the 9th grade, be light and salt.

13You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16


  1. Thank you soooooo much Mr Maxwell. you believed in us and you taught us that we can go above and beyond when we know what we’re doing. =) I have learned a TON this year and i know that i have grown closer to God through what you have taught in class and how i have applied it. I pray that God will bless you and the following school year and may he touch the lives of the new 8th graders through you. Thanks for the amazing year!

    Always His,


    • Bianca,

      I have seen you grow so much over the past two years. Carry that with you into the ninth grade and seek to make a difference. Do not conform to any standard lower than that which God has set for you.

      God bless

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