Connecting Dots | This Month

CONNECTING DOTS | JUNE 2018 

“I have fought the fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”  II Timothy 4:7-8

“There is a time for everything…a time to be born, and a time to die…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…”  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A question came up in school the other day that got me thinking.  The question was “What makes a good day?”  In other words what puts a smile on your face, gives you joy, lightens your load or encourages you to offer a prayer of thanks prior to sleep?  At first thought I reverted to an activity, perhaps a basketball game, ski trip, camping weekend etc, but this did not seem to adequately answer the question as sometimes activities do not go as planned.  I then considered the aspect of accomplishment, something achieved.  This could be a victory, promotion, award, or complement, and yet this did not seem to be a complete answer either.

I finally settled on the aspect of completion, “successful completion: The finishing of a task, a conversation, a course or assignment sometimes regardless of mark, a graduation, or simply a day.  I remember clearly that feeling on June 28, 2012 after a graduation ceremony.  It was my first year of principal-ship and I was filled with thankfulness for completion, for support and especially God’s leading.

Now you may ask why this question may be worthy of the paper this is printed on.  Once again I find myself in a similar situation. As we wrap up the school year for 2018, I am thankful for new beginnings, but also this completion time. God’s faithfulness has been evident in so many ways. He has provided us with committed families, terrific students, and an amazing staff. He has allowed us challenges but also times of celebration.

We need to celebrate the lives of those (students and staff) who have left us (or leaving soon) for their faithful service.  Celebrate the legacy they have created or are creating, the testimonies that speak of perseverance, faithfulness, and service. Pray for the journey that lies before them and that the faith they have received will be their foundation for whatever lies before them. When we celebrate such things visibly, we send powerful messages to our children what life truly is all about. As we wrap up our time this year, reflect on His goodness. “God is so good, all the time!”

Mr. Brandsma