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Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.” Job 42:1-2 NLT

by Matt Davidson, Superintendent

One of my favorite times of the week is a Bible study that I lead in the high school every Wednesday morning. Fifteen to twenty students meet weekly in the cafeteria at 7:45 am and we would love to have even more! The theme for our Bible study is a single word — UNSTOPPABLE. My most basic goal each week is to convince our high school students that they can achieve all things through Christ.

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photography by Maddie Schaafsma, Class of 2018

 

Admittedly this is a generalization, but it is my personal belief that too many American high schools have adopted an “us vs. them” point of view with our young people. Instead of collaborating with the student body to foster an optimal high school model, this failing mentality operates under the mirage that school officials and staff are the flawless experts with all of the answers and students are the weak and foolhardy partner in this relationship.

When schools adopt this general approach to education (and it is often unknowingly), our young people are slowed in their development because they are not allowed to stretch. To grow. To dream. To win.

A high school with this “virus” is missing an aspiring zest for achievement, which is critical for an overall successful high school culture.

Of course we have been called to educate, train, and equip our young people. And, yes, we have been called to assume a leadership role in that process. We take this mission very seriously, and we proudly do it with excellence. However, we also aim to inspire our students.

Sadly, the word “inspire” is not used very often in education. Educational circles are more receptive to familiar words like—learning, instruction, discipline, outcomes, etc. Schools are more comfortable with what they can measure and inspiration is difficult to display on a graph or chart. Moreover, inspiration requires extra work and extra time. In an era when educators are being asked to do more than ever before in American history, extra work and extra time can be considered unreasonable and even overwhelming. However, by the power of God we accept this challenge at Timothy Christian Schools.

How do we inspire? After all, you’re probably not familiar with a college major or graduate level course on the topic of inspiration. Simply stated: Building authentic and meaningful relationships with our students remains the best path to inspire them.

We are interested in the good things that interest our students. We listen to them. We spend time with them. We challenge them. We support them. We pray for them. We love them.

Please pray for us in this extraordinary work as we strive to train, equip, and inspire our young people to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.

Would you count on a young man or woman today with superior training, an inspired purpose for life, and fully committed to Christ? I would count on that person every time. Truly they would be UNSTOPPABLE.

 

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