Last week, I told you about the student who blew me away with his generosity with the promise of a gift. The story continued the day after I wrote that blog. On Friday, the student came up to my office and handed me a pile of money. I looked at him and said, “This is way more than what you promised.” He just smiled and told me the total. I can’t tell you how much it was, but it was more than double what he had committed. He gave me that grin again and said, “I got your back, Mr. Davids. As I was taking the money out of my safe, I felt God say the money would go to way better use for the school than in the safe.”
I couldn’t help but think two things. First, we have amazing students here. This is a kid who loved his time at Illiana and wanted to give back. And he did, way more than I could have imagined. He could have bought a car or saved for school. But he chose to give it to Illiana. I am so impressed by his sacrifice. Second, I often tell my students that their lives should reflect the gospel of Jesus Christ. I want them to understand that through their words, actions and mindset, we can see Jesus and his great love for us. I told this student that he was showing the gospel through his generosity. I was reminded of Jesus and how he goes above and beyond for all of us. Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” I hope this student’s actions have encouraged you as much as they have encouraged me over the last two weeks.
As the school year wraps up, I want to thank you again for all you have done for the hearts and minds of our students. Today was the final day of classes in this building and when the next school year starts, it will be in the new building. You have all played a part in making that happen. From all of us here at Illiana, thank you for your commitment and generosity.