We have been talking quite a bit about People and Purpose at London Christian High. I thought I would just take a minute and write a short post outlining what these are starting to mean to us as we seek to unpack these key ideas in our daily practice. We are open to your feedback. Enjoy!
PEOPLE – When we say People, what we mean in our context is that people matter to God. He created each person with tremendous gifts, talents and abilities to share and ultimately to bless others in our broken world. Even the weaknesses that we have are used for the glory of God when seen within this light. We know that His strength is made perfect in our weakness, so the entirety of who we are as people has been deliberately designed to bring glory back to God and to build His Kingdom here on earth. Within a classroom setting, it can often be difficult to ‘differentiate’ for all learners, but we believe that this is a Biblical norm and it is something worth chasing after. A key question for our staff team over the past year has been: “How do we celebrate and affirm all learners (people) based on who God has created them to be?”
There are many Biblical references for how much God loves People, but one that often comes up is from Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
PURPOSE – Moving forward, for us it is not enough to just stop at celebrating people for the gifts and talents that they have. Although people are worth celebrating for just who they are, we also recognize that God is calling each one of us to a life that is lived for a purpose that is much bigger than any individual person. At London Christian High, we affirm that God has a purpose for each person that He creates. This is a powerful thought, it separates Christians from the rest of the world in that we recognize that we were created for something more. Our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. There are a host of issues that exist in our broken world and we believe that God is calling us to have our hearts broken for the things that break His heart. Looking around, we wonder, what has God uniquely called me (people) to do to make this broken world a better place for His glory? In the classroom, this is the difference between having a grade as the ultimate goal versus having the development of a Kingdom vision or purpose be the ultimate goal. Although the grade is important, we recognize that the things of this world will pass away over time but the impact that we have on others through Christ will span eternity.
One Biblical verse that is often cited for reference here is from Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
People and Purpose. We will continue to discuss and unpack these themes in the months and years ahead. Again, we invite you to join us on this journey.