Connecting Dots | January 2018



“It comes the very moment you wake up each morning.  All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals.  And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”  C.S. Lewis

New Year’s resolutions, although vastly over rated, do have some value when we combine them with a reflection of what is really important.  For many of us a reflection involves the high points of 2017, the disappointments of 2017, and the resolve to fix or tweak a few things in our lives for 2018.  All too often this becomes an adjustment of our spending and/or eating habits.  A good friend suggested to me that New Year’s resolutions should ask us some questions, questions which surround the truly important areas of life, questions about values, questions about
thankfulness, questions about faith and eternity.

I was reading the “Banner” recently, a CRC denominational magazine that was exploring the
concept of faith retention in North America.  The author identified statistics revealing that
shrinking portions of our young people are retaining their faith into adulthood.  The first impulse
towards data such as this is often denial, (not in our family!) or fear (what is becoming of our world?).  After reading this article, I was reminded of Bible stories of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and many of the prophets who too were mindful of the shrinking population of committed followers of our Lord.  It is during these times, that God’s words of promise remind and reinforce to us what is truly important in life.  It is also a reminder that God is faithful.
Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel — all whose knees have not bowed
down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” I Kings 19:18
Immediately following this message from God to Elijah was the arrival of Elisha to support and carry on the work of Elijah.  God is faithful, He is in control and although our North American
society is becoming increasingly anti-Christian, we should not lose hope or confidence.  Be vigilant and alert; be renewed in conviction to raise our sons and daughters in the ways of the Lord, to run the race with perseverance always trusting that God will continue to equip us and our children for His service when we seek His will.

What am I thankful for from the year 2017? God’s faithfulness, His wisdom and guidance,
examples of faith I find each day as I interact with staff and students at this school.  We pray for the world, we seek ways to bring God’s kingdom to our neighborhoods, but at KCS, we seek to equip our students, each one to be God’s image bearer in a world that may not know or acknowledge Him.  May each of our community be counted amongst the “seven thousand” who have not bowed down to the things of the world, whose mouths proclaim allegiance to the true King.  This is where my thankfulness for 2017 is found and where my hope and goals for 2018 lie.

Lord: “Stamp eternity on my eyeballs.”  (Jonathon Edwards)

Mr. Brandsma