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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Education's First Love

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.  It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.

C.S. Lewis

And let us not grow weary of doing good,

for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

Hello Friends,

In the last several weeks we have had the pleasure of watching a symphony of color burst forth from slumber. Spring is upon us, and our hearts and minds are reinvigorated. Life begins anew as we honor and remember our Savior’s sacrifice and resurrection. How awe-inspiring that God purposefully and creatively provides the visual depiction of seasons to testify to His greatness and love. Seasonal changes also illustrate the ebb and flow patterning of our lives.  We all experience spring, summer, fall, and winters in life, yet our focus and constant throughout it all is our Creator.  Through intentioned time of deep study, prayer, and trustworthy fellowship and accountability, we weather our “seasons” and flourish.

As educators, we transition rather predictably through our 180 days. Summer, a unique perk of our profession, is viewed as a much needed break until we grow restless and excited to welcome back students and decorate classrooms. Fall maintains our energy as it wraps us in warm, colorful reflection, thanksgiving, and fall sports, while winter’s quiet peacefulness dissipates with the anticipation of Christmas and snow dances. By the time spring fights back the chill for dominance, students and teachers alike begin to wither alongside the quick blooming annuals. With all of the demands on Christian educators, these seasonal rhythms potentially become marred by monotony. The calling to share the vibrant, powerful, all-knowing, forgiving, merciful Creator-Savior dulls against a backdrop of methodically checked boxes. Biblical Worldview in the classroom is relegated to a quick prayer and devotion.  

The Designer of Math, Science, History, English, Music, Theatre, Art, and Physical Well-being is waiting to be introduced and intimately known in every one of these divine subjects. They testify to His command of all things, His inspiration, His wonder and power. Tasked with the responsibility to share this life-sustaining good news, are we, as proclaimed Christian educators, taking great care and time to feed our souls through spiritual and professional development? Have we been intentional in our planning to humbly and reverently illustrate our Lord Jesus Christ in the classroom? Although summer breaks, decorated classrooms, football games, snow dances, and spring wrap ups are enjoyable, they are not the seasonal focuses that should take precedence in our Christian schools. Instead, let’s equip ourselves to redeem every season, month, and day to Biblically immerse our schools, classrooms, and selves with He who only breathes wisdom, knowledge, purpose, and eternal life.  

We cordially invite you to join us for a time of recovery, reflection, rest, and renewal at our REAP Conference. Let this summer be the season you not only find rest, but revival, as you and your school work to purely focus on resetting your school’s mission and vision on Him, education’s first love. 

For more information, please contact tonya gordon at tgordon@renewanation.org