by Adam Kronberger / Head of School
At a recent track meet, a Crosshill high school athlete had an idea minutes before the start of their race. Rather than simply offer up a single silent prayer for a good performance, the runner invited all of their fellow competitors to join in on a corporate prayer asking God to help all of them to run their best. Both in the race of life and a race on the track, we are called to run the race to win (I Corinthians 9:24). In order to win the race on the track, it seems others must lose. So why pray for others to run their best? Because that is how you run the race to win in both life and on the track. When those around us are giving their best, it calls us to even greater things. The CCS runner not only ran a significant personal record, but also qualified for the State Championships. Perhaps more impressive is what happened next...
After the race, a rugged older man approached the Crosshill racer. Through misty eyes, the stranger stated, “I’m a veteran who has fought for this country. Son, what you did before the race is exactly why I made that sacrifice. We have the freedom to exercise our religion and its exciting to see young people courageous enough to use it!”
The process of discipleship training in the lives of our children is a team effort. Daily prayer, weekly chapels, and annual mission trips are just a few habits students develop. When the runner was asked why they considered praying with others before the race, they responded with a simple shrug, “that’s just how we do things.”
Constant prayer, daily devotions, weekly church, and annual service can develop automatic habits that can be relied on when the situation requires it. A racer has no chance to win if they have not been training. Walking according to the Spirit is a challenge if the source of that power is a distant memory.
As we remember those who have served and died for the freedoms we proudly possess, may we honor them through exercising them regularly. That’s a race everyone can win.
– Adam Kronberger / Head of School