It is amazing how many times i will hear statements to the effect of “That’s never going to happen.” Kind of like: “The Cubs will never win the World Series.” Or, i have heard students say, “I am never going to use that (class). I am going to be…..” My first response is usually something like, “How is it that you know the future?” A statement of future forecast was recently stated regarding one of our athletic programs. It is true that there are no guarantees. However, there are some things we can control to ensure that our teams can compete and regularly achieve success. One of the strongest keys to success is a program that develops its participants. In athletics, one must train up the young athletes in the skills, movements, and vocabulary early on, so one can then teach the next steps of strategy and consistency in execution. Fun should not be ignored at the earliest levels either, nor at any level. Training the youngest athletes allows them to mature more quickly and be more successful in their sport(s) of interest. A successful program following this type of blue-print can become a consistent competitor. Proof is found in the number of programs that consistently find themselves challenging for championships at just about every level in every sport. (The Packers come to mind, :-) along with Alabama football, Penn State volleyball, U Conn women’s basketball, Bethlehem Academy volleyball, Waupon volleyball, just to name a few. If the protocol for success is abandoned, or not followed, success can only happen by accident or by anomaly (one hit wonders).
The same thing can be said of our Christian schools. We need to follow the protocol of training our young students so they can mature more quickly and be more successful. We also look to minimize the school of hard knocks. They do not always need to learn the hard way. We need to teach them the Biblical fundamentals early on. Then we can help prepare them with the necessary apologetic tools to share their faith with others. In a similar methodology found in successful athletic programs, sharing the Gospel should also be “fun” (joy filled – 1 John 1:4). The Bible lays out this plan: Deut 6:4-9, Ps 78, Prov 22:6, Matt 19:14, Eph 6:4, 2 Tim 3:15ff, James 3:1, Heb 12:12ff, and many others. The Church is here to help parents accomplish this. As parents, Lynn and i recognize our need for help in this, and we are so grateful to the dedicated teachers/ministers that have helped us along the way. Our family is the beneficiary of the Church’s vision of Christ-centered education. Please join us in the benefits of the Christian educational process. At MLHS, our sole purpose is the purpose of souls. It is vocational training for life.
Come Lord Jesus, Amen!
Some comments may be found offensive to the reader - Luke 12:51.
i may have written various grammatical "errors" - Matt 5:22, Matt 12:10ff.
This may illicit a response that will be counter-cultural - Matt 5:16.