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Iroquois Principal's Corner - January 10, 2023

Happy New Year and welcome back to school!

It’s great seeing kids again breathe life into the walls of the Iroquois building again. I hope your break was just what you needed.

Over Christmas break, I carried on a tradition that I’ve honored for a number of years now. I watched “The Christmas Story” multiple times. It’s one of my favorite movies. The main character, Ralphie, is doing everything he can to get his dream gift of a Red Ryder BB gun. One of his strategies is to complete a writing assignment about why kids should have a Red Ryder BB gun. He eagerly wrote about his dream gift, submitted his finished work, and along the way, attempted to butter up his teacher so she would be in agreement with his reasoning for needing a Red Ryder BB gun, and maybe she would convince Ralphie’s mom of such a necessity. Ralphie waited and waited, and the day finally came when the teacher passed back the student’s writing assignments. Ralphie eagerly opened his work to see the teacher gave him a C+ with the comment, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Ralphie’s plan was crushed.


Have you ever experienced something similar? An instance where you hope, desire and want
something to happen so badly, and you wait and work to achieve whatever that is, and are let
down by the result? Where you follow your plan and it ends up being crushed? When things
don’t go our way, what do we do with that? I think of Abraham and how he and Sarah longed
for kids of their own. Finally, the day comes when they have a child, and God commands
Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, their firstborn. I wonder how Abraham felt at that moment. I
imagine he was devastated.


Abraham’s faith in God changed the story. He let God’s plan guide him as opposed to his own
plan. God provided a ram to sacrifice in Isaac’s place. When things don’t go the way we hope,
what if we put unrelenting faith in God? Our kids will most certainly face disappointment.
Showing them our faith in our disappointments will help guide them when they face
disappointment. Faith in God’s plan will result in the joy that he longs for us to have.
So as we approach 2023, have faith in God’s plans, and let’s show our kids what that looks like.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

John Barkel

John Barkel

Principal
Grand Rapids Christian
Elementary School
Iroquois Campus

 

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