Written by Matt Davidson, Superintendent
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Have you ever read that passage slowly and then reflected on it? That’s a big assignment for mom and dad! It sounds like this is a critical part of the playbook for parenting. So here’s a thought before reading on — how can godly parents possibly make this kind of daily commitment for their children to learn God’s commandments (the Bible)? Consider the regularity outlined in these verses. And then how can we as parents activate this training so that our children will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ? The Christian school is vital in this challenge and more so today than ever before.
When our children were younger and still living at home, a mentor of mine once told me that no one is more responsible and no one will be held more accountable for the spiritual development of my children than ME. Our three children are now young adults, and we have added a daughter-in-law to our family as well. Our three children are courageously living for the Lord with a sense of purpose and adventure, and it is our #1 prayer that they will always live their lives to the fullest for Jesus. Absolutely NOTHING is more important to us than that, so along the way we recruited some help. Most significantly, we as parents chose Christian education for our children.
There are so many choices we make for our children whom God has entrusted to us as parents, and we dutifully accept this role day after day. If you are reading this post, then you have likely made the decision to send your child(ren) to Timothy Christian School. Some of you have done so with great sacrifice, but you have faithfully trusted God to provide for your needs. With a steadfast and gritty determination, Timothy Christian School—teachers, staff, coaches, parents, grandparents, alumni, and students—has partnered with the home since 1911 in maximizing the potential of our youth to the glory of God.
My wife, Julie, and I moved our three children here from Phoenix, Arizona in the summer of 2010. Luke, now 23 was entering his sophomore year of high school, Macy (22) was entering eighth grade, and Joey (20) was entering sixth grade. We did not know anyone. Would we be accepted? Would we find our place in the school? Would we find togetherness and community? Would we be “adopted” into this century old institution? The answer? We discovered all of this and so much more here at Timothy Christian School. We quickly found that Timothy Christian School aligned with our goals as parents: to both encourage and challenge our children to become their best and their most to the glory of God — exactly what we were looking for!
Over the years I have observed a growing tension between faith and excellence in many Christian schools. Rather than these two words being synonymous with one another, there appears to be a rift between these fundamental building blocks of the Christian school movement. I have actually heard accusations that certain Christian schools are too excellence-driven, or place too much emphasis on academics or athletics or the fine arts; all the while diluting the vital spiritual mission. On the other hand, I have heard contrary perceptions that some Christian schools are second-rate institutions in regard to academics, athletics, fine arts, facilities, etc.; however, the solid spiritual and moral training offered to students is worth the “sacrifice” of an otherwise average educational experience. I am troubled by these assumptions and stereotypes.
The underpinnings of the Christian school must be both faith and excellence. They are inseparable values and objectives of Timothy Christian School. We have pledged to be a school where Jesus Christ has the highest place. Consequently, we are committed to excellence in every aspect of our school program. I would invite you to pray for Timothy Christian School as we seek to preserve and further champion these hallmarks as our foundation and our mission. Our school is better and stronger with the engagement of you and your family, and with your teamwork we will grow and adapt into the future. Take a moment to read the verses at the start of this article again — and count on Timothy Christian Schools to play a key role in the journey. The pressures our youth face today are greater than ever before, but the powerful combination of the Christian home, the local church, and the Christian school is still the winning team!