If you could give your child any experience, what would it be? Options are interesting in that when you come to value choices just for the sake of choices, we could easily find ourselves so busy considering things that we never really land on the true contentment. Parents are bore down with decisions and with the added pressure of knowing that we are responsible to mold and nurture our children in whatever ways we can. We pick teams, activities, birthday presents, and discipline expectations all with the ultimate end in mind of cultivating our children’s hearts and minds.
Even our children can find themselves overwhelmed with an array of options. Whether it be which book to read or which toy to play with, it’s interesting to see children sometimes struggle to actually enjoy things because they are continually trying to have access to as many “things” as possible. So, is choice bad? No, I don’t think so. Unique desires, interest, and gifts are significant parts of what makes for a diverse and beautiful creation. In our choices, we also find manifestations of our passions and convictions. Choices matter and can produce wonderful affirmations of good and beautiful truths. This isn’t to value choices for the sake of choices, rather it provides us with an opportunity to engage and participate in the goodness of the world through intentional and strategic decisions. Choices can be great blessings in what is done as a result of our decisions, but choices can also be a great blessing in what they do to us! When Joshua told the people of Israel to choose who they would serve, he’s not simply asking them to make a declaration or an intellectual decision rather he’s drawing out a commitment to serve with words, body, and soul.
So, if you could choose any experience for your child what would it be? We’ve been in a season of strategic planning here at TRS. We’ve reached out to parents, students, friends, and neighbors to get an idea of what they would intentionally and strategically want for the community of people that make up our wonderful school. However, as the founding leader of the school, I have learned to value pursuing wisdom and discernment over expediency in choices and decision making. What will you teach? Will you do sports? Have you tried this program? It is very clear today, as it was then, that we must really work to vet our choices through the calling and charge the Lord placed on the hearts of the founding leaders of the school.
So, what did we choose? In our most pure and simple moments, we desire that each child at The Redeemer’s School be so immersed in the word and truths of God. We desire that they would encounter the world with the reality and truths of scripture as their foundations. When they enter a world that might try to demean them and tell them who they are or what they can or cannot do, that it would sound like the lie it is to children made in God’s image and called to live in that truth in whatever space they enter. We work, plan, and pray to give them educational experiences that will create the social, emotional, and intellectual capacity to thrive in their families and communities. Above all, we desire that these skills and traits would be rooted in such a deep gospel passion and conviction that these students would shake the gates of hell with lives well lived. In a time and place with so many educational options, such ambitions may seem underwhelming and narrow, however, we’re confident that our students are being prepared to go to the ends of the earth with great purpose and power.