by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
Like many parents, I spend time regularly praying for my children. About twice a week my morning intercessory prayer list lands back on my two children. I ask God to be developing and confirming a clear calling on their life regarding their future vocation and how they will use it to serve Him. I pray that God will be preparing a Godly spouse for each of them to be their perfect helpmate, and that my child in turn will be prepared to love and commit unconditionally. I pray for their health, safety, and specific character transformation for each one according to their particular stage of development. While the discipline of prayer is daily or weekly, it always seems that the answers to these prayers are way out in the distant future.
Yet I am reminded that God is providing the answer to these prayers every day in the present. Phillip Brooks, an American Episcopal clergyman once wrote, “Someday in the years to come, you [our children] will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now... Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer.”
Without a doubt, our children in the future (and even present) will face great temptation or great sorrow or some form of great struggle. Will they “miserably fail or gloriously conquer?” As I prayer for my own children, I am asking God to help my children to become glorious conquerors as their life inevitably becomes more complicated and challenging. And not just conquerors for the sake of victory or being comfortable, but truly completing the “good works, which God prepared beforehand…” (Eph. 2:10).
Therein lies the value of Christian schooling. Good works are byproducts of being a good person. But people are not naturally good. One can simply reference the Bible or visit my home for verification. Yet that is the reason for and the power of Jesus. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand…” (Eph. 2:10).
In the here and now, each day at Crosshill Christian Schools, students discover that they are indeed God’s workmanship. Students are trained for good works through the power of Jesus Christ in their lives for the purposes of loving God and loving others. This transformation requires time, commitment, vision, and partnership. While the fruit of the transformation may be revealed through good works, the heart of the transformation begins and is completed in student’s hearts. As I intercede with God on behalf of my children, He reminds me each day that He is working on the answers. When I witness the love, care, and training that the CCS faculty and staff provide to my children, I am grateful to personally be a part of a community where the real struggle of training in the here and now is being met head on.
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent