May 27, 2019
The Senior High graduation service was a great testimony of what God is doing at FCS. Every part of the service was honoring to the Lord from the graduation message from Lt. Governor Jeannette Nunez, to the presentation of diplomas and senior awards. Our 92 graduates this year have accomplished much and we are expecting great things from them as they leave for college and the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. Many students in this year’s graduating class began school here at FCS in pre-school, kindergarten or first grade. What a great testimony, for Christian education, for the families of these students, and for our faculty. There were also legacy families, graduates whose parent was also a graduate of FCS. It is a confirmation that faithful parents and faithful teachers have provided to our seniors the opportunity, the guidance and the support needed to finish this very important season of their life. Our prayer, as our seniors leave FCS, is that each of them will be faithful to God and allow Him to direct their lives throughout all they do in college and beyond.
As we conclude another school year, I want to leave each of you with words of encouragement and challenge, words to help you be confident in your role as a parent or teacher of children. No matter the age of our children, or whether they are beginning elementary school or going off to college, we have the God given responsibility to prepare them for each step of their life. Every parent and every teacher knows that raising up children is not an exact science. When our children reach certain milestones in their life, like senior high graduation, we are filled with many thoughts and questions as to whether or not we did everything we could do for them, and whether or not we are we confident that we did it right?
Confidence for us as human beings is an amazing thing, because one day we can feel like we have really figured everything out, and the next day we are ready throw up our hands and give up. Our problem, so often, is all about where we have our confidence placed. I know, as a parent, my level of confidence has often been shaken when dealing with my own children, and with our students here at school as well. As a teacher some of you had the best class ever and are ready to get started in the new school year, but for some, maybe your confidence has been shaken a little and you are struggling with whether you did a good job with your students. I think at this time of the year we all may be feeling one extreme or another, so my final word for this year addresses these two extremes in how we feel.
For those who might be feeling a little on the inadequate side, consider this, Satan does try to place thoughts in our minds that we are failing as a parent or in the training of our children in the classroom. He wants us to believe that someone else could do a better job, or maybe that we just aren’t cut out for the job. Maybe you are second guessing yourself as to how you handled a problem with one of your children, or a situation in your classroom this year. Others of you may have finished feeling fully confident in your parenting and teaching. Yes, we do tend toward one extreme or the other, yet both are equally treacherous. In both cases, parents and teachers subtly place or lack confidence in his or her ability based on feelings and perception. Success or failure then is reduced down to what we know or do not know, or to the perception that we did a good or bad job.
Paul had a strikingly different view of the dilemma of living the Christian life, which can be applied to parenting and teaching. “Our confidence,” Paul wrote in II Corinthians 3:4-5, “…is ours through Christ. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” Paul never boasted about his talents or ministry accomplishments or bemoaned his weaknesses and shortcomings. He gave total credit to God. Paul’s attitude, which is opposite of our “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” and “be all you can be” culture, is a realistic approach for those who are followers of Christ. We are nothing in ourselves, and we do not deserve to claim anything for ourselves. Our competence and whatever success we may have, comes from God alone. The idea that God “has made us competent” is more powerful than some of us may like to think. It means that anyone, yes anyone, regardless of their background, can be a successful parent and can do ministry. If God has called you to be a parent or to the ministry of teaching in this Christian school, then you CAN do it. Our ministry here has very little to do with us, but everything to do with Him. Once we get over our own personal feelings, this powerful truth can elevate us to new heights in our daily walk. It can keep us stable when we feel inadequate and humble when we begin to be full of ourselves.
So in response to His Word, may God grant us the humility that we need for effective ministry to our children and students. May we see ourselves as completely incompetent apart from Christ, and may He empower us with unspeakable confidence in Christ to accomplish more than we could ever imagine on our own. With this in mind we can look forward to the coming year, no matter how we might be finishing this present one. Have a great summer!!