I'm thinking about our theme today, "Working in God's Garden".
Most times we focus on the garden when we think about the theme.
Today, I want to focus on the word "God's" in the theme. It is almost taken for granted around here that everything belongs to God but what does this really mean? Does it mean that our school doesn't actually belong to us; that it belongs to God?
One of the great debates in public education today centers around whose needs and goals should be the focus of our schools. Does the school belong to the parents? Do the teachers make the important decisions? Is the purpose of school to grow individual students or serve the community? Whose agenda comes first? How do we balance all the needs of these different groups? What if one group seeks to exert power over another?
These are not just philosophical musings. They are practical. Decisions generally reflect somebody's point of view. Often, in education, the true objective is to meet the needs of all groups at the same time. Decision-making is a balancing act. It is not black and white.
The answer to this debate is clear for us in the Christian community. The answer is evident in our theme. Our world belongs to God, every single piece of it, our homes, our lives, our children, and our school.
Of course, our school belongs to God.
Our mission is to "prepare children to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society".
This is what sets us apart. This is why you send your children here.
We ask ourselves "what does God want?" with every decision we make. When we make decisions about curriculum, when we communicate with each other, when we teach a lesson, when we attend a meeting, and when we deal with discipline we never forget, our world belongs to God.
This is the truth about the world we share with your kids every day.
Together, as parents and teachers, we proclaim the words of David found in our theme verse this year to the next generation: "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world and all who live in it;" Psalm 24:1