Life Up Your Eyes
by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
It always seems about this time of year that I get a little depressed about the absence of college and professional football. It’s been awhile since the Superbowl and other bowl games, and the preseason is still a ways off. While I may only watch a couple of hours of football each weekend in the fall, it often produces positive memories with family and friends. Included in those memories is attending Beaver football games. There is a open-air staircase that we generally take to get to our seats. Though it seems to spiral upward infinitely, it is not a chore to climb through the various landings as we anticipate the exciting view at the top.
CCS has its own Superbowl going on this Friday. Students of all grades will be participating in valuable activities. Preschool and Kindergarten students will participate in the CCS All-Star Meet hosted on the school’s south campus. First through Sixth-grade students will compete in the Santiam Track Meet at Linn-Benton College. Seventh and Eighth-grade students will actively serve at both of those events. High School students will be off-campus continuing their worldview training and engaging the community of Salem through prayer and the proclamation of the gospel.
The school’s mission of making disciples includes the alliterative phrase discover, develop, deploy. Naturally, much of schooling and parenting is often focused on discover and develop. Students are constantly encouraged and given the opportunity to learn truth and assimilate it into their daily lives. The greatest truth is the gospel of Jesus Christ alive and powerful in the hearts of students. Yet to focus alone on discovery and development would be tragic. It would be similar to climbing a spiraling staircase that simply went around and around, but never gained elevation to a destination. The grand purpose of training students to discover and develop is so that they can be deployed in God’s Kingdom.
This Friday’s events are an excellent depiction of the spiraling growth disciples are charged with. Students in the primary and elementary grades will continue to discover and develop their character through cooperative activity and competition. Middle school students will grow in selflessness as they focus on demonstrating love for others. High School students will consider God’s call for them in His creation, and actively engage in the redemption process He started at the cross.
While the views at the top of God’s spiraling discipleship process are breathtaking, the staircase always leads upward further. All of us are constantly in the discipleship process, choosing to discover and develop in new ways to be deployed in ever-increasing degrees. Whether it is our homes, neighborhoods, or community, Jesus asks us to, “lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest” (John 4:35).
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
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