by Adam Kronberger / Head of School
Perhaps the favorite part of my job is greeting students as they arrive on campus each morning with a “High Five.” Generally the welcome begins when the CCS bus arrives with students commuting from the Keizer Campus. Whether I am greeting Kindergarten students, High School students, younger siblings, or the occasional parent, packing hundreds of “High Fives” in 15 minutes is part of my workout routine. It is a joy to attempt to let every student know that I see them and I know they have joined our community for the day. Occasionally when my duties take me away from this routine, my day somehow feels incomplete.
Not all of the students share the same enthusiasm for this morning routing as I do. Many may arrive still half-asleep or working through the “morning grumpies”. That’s OK. My joy tank is full and overflowing and I’m always ready to share. Between time with God at home, prayer with the teachers at school, and a Triple-Shot Irish Cream Latte, I can’t wait to joyfully greet students. I cherish the opportunity to put a smile on a groggy face, speak life into a dark morning, or share a burden by pointing others to the eternal source of all joy.
As Jesus was sharing his heart with his disciples near the end of his ministry, he explained how “these things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). The Savior of the world desires that His joy lives inside of us. His joy is always complete and fills us up by invading every area of our life. His joy is not an idea, but rather an emotion and feeling as a result of daily seeking Him.
My morning “High Five” party transitions quickly into the daily routine of school full of learning, growth, challenges, successes, failures, and the occasional “Extra High Five”. It is in the daily rhythm of life that the Joy of the Lord brings fullness of life. This Christmas season, as your morning quiet times quickly become exchanged for daily crazy times, remember the words of Jesus that His joy may be in you. And if you happen to see me over Christmas Break, please don’t hesitate to give me a “High Five”.
by Adam Kronberger / Head of School
It seems like families are growing right under our eyes as new babies seem to be arriving at a regular frequency. I remember the excitement and anticipation during our first pregnancy. It was all we could talk about. Each day was an important milestone toward reaching the day of the birth of our first child. Preparations were made and the entire process strengthened community. Friends and family members joined in with support for the upcoming celebration.
The Christmas season of Advent is full of excitement and anticipation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Despite Santa’s attempt to highjack the purpose of Christmas, the month of December provides Christians an opportunity to daily share the reason for the season. Much like the jubilance of expectant parents, we should eagerly talk about the hope God provides through His Son Jesus Christ.
There were unexpected complications with all of our pregnancies that had the potential of stealing our joy. It forced us to remember to place our trust and hope and joy in God instead of the season. As premature births seemed likely for us, our babies desperately needed more time to develop. Impatience was replaced with an attempt to slow life down to provide them as much time to develop as possible.
Perhaps this Christmas season may have circumstances or memories that can steal your joy. God’s will and timing are always better than our own, even in our current fallen world. The spirit of the Advent season is one of waiting. Slow down and take the time to wait upon Him, and discover the hope and joy we have in Him. His first coming brought salvation and His second coming will bring eternal blessings. The healthy births of our children regularly give us reason to celebrate. Let the birth of Jesus and the hope of His life, death, and resurrection provide the true reason for the season.