by Amanda B. McKelroy | August 22, 2016
It’s amazing to me how God orchestrates events in my life. We are kicking off our Christian school this year with Kindergarten and intend to add grades each year until we are running full-speed ahead. I’m so very excited and I’ve found myself returning to memory lane regularly, reflecting on my own experience. A Christian school in Aumsville, Oregon (which is still in existence) provided my academic foundation. There I was taught Bible principles, a strong work ethic, and character building in addition to the academic curriculum. One of the defining traits of the school in Oregon is that one of the academic requirements is Scripture memorization. I can attest to the fact that in my own life, there have been more times than I can count where those verses I memorized as a child have come to the forefront of my mind at a time when I desperately needed their truth.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:8-11
Recently, a friend who also attended my Christian school moved to Waco, TX. He’s been serving in the United States Navy for the past ten years and just made the adjustment to civilian life. While catching up and reminiscing about the “good old days” of our childhoods, the topic of our school was introduced. Though the Devil succeeded in getting his hooks in some of our classmates, there are many who wholeheartedly serve the Lord today as adults and have successful lives in the secular world, ministry, and at home. Looking back on our Christian school and the foundation it gave us, my friend proceeded to tell me that from his view the training we received gave him a moral compass that kept him out of serious trouble many times over during his time in the service. He further commented that his life would be tragically different if it weren’t for the Biblical principles and values he was taught by our teachers.
As we start our grand adventure of starting a Christian school here in Waco, the chance to influence lives for Christ is exactly why we are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to make this Christian school a reality. I’ve been mulling over my friend’s statement since I heard it last week. It was a huge encouragement to hear that the Christian school I grew up attending had made in impact in his life as it did in mine. After speaking to my childhood friend I couldn’t help but think, what a profound testimony to the influence a distinctly Christian school can make. It is unbelievably vital that we teach our children to give their hearts to God, teach them what the Bible says, and that we train them to have character and a good work ethic.
“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee…Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1,5