What’s the real story?
Standing at a check-out at the supermarket, one can't help but read the headlines of recent magazine publications: "Dress for Success”, "How to Lose 10lbs”, "8 Money-Saving Tips”. It makes one wonder: "What is success?”, "Why the assumption that everyone wants to lose 10 lbs?”, "Why is money and the idea of saving it the cover line of a magazine where over half of the pages are advertisements enticing you to spend, spend, spend?”
We are bombarded by mass media telling us how to dress, how to look, and how to spend our money. The media, with all its avenues of influence, invites us into a story - complete with pictures- of what the good life looks like. Christian parents must be diligent and deliberate in their work to oppose what the messages on TV, Facebook, and magazines at check-out stands are portraying. We must help our children understand that they do not have to surrender to the premise that success is defined by the size of their house, body, and paycheque. Christians are part of a different and continuing story.
I am thankful that LCES is a space that has been created and sustained by three generations of faithful supporters to tell this story: the story of a good and loving God who created the world, loves His world, died to save it, and is restraining sin's destruction through the work of His followers. LCES continues to be a space where children are nurtured not only to hear God's story, but also to see themselves as participants in the story –identifying what has gone wrong in God's good world, seeking to restore it to God's original intent and telling others about Jesus, the world's redeemer, who makes all things possible.
How does a Christian school and LCES do this?
If one were to enter the hallways at 9:00 AM, they would see children singing and being read to from Scripture. One would see prayer requests being taken for everything from the war in Iraq, a grandparent who is travelling and someone's sore finger. In this simple and repetitive practice of opening devotions, our children are being taught that the world belongs to God: He is where we start our day, and everything and everyone is important enough to lift before God in prayer.
A Christian school knows that every piece of the curriculum is only a part of a bigger picture of God's complete world. The skills learned in mathematics is not only essential because numbers matter if we are to function in society and get a good job, but because it is a good gift from God given to equip us to enjoy, respond and continue to create goodness in the world. Our theme this year is "Walk in the Way of Love” which is brightly displayed in the school's front entrance. What a wonderful counter-cultural message to be greeted with! Have you ever seen this headline on a magazine at a check-out stand?