by Adam Kronberger / Superintendent
One recent evening my family answered some questions based upon “Who is most likely to…” It was fun to see how we viewed one another and possessed similarities and differences. The exercise also highlighted certain characteristics demonstrated by both child and parent. While sometimes less positive traits can be passed down from parent to child, parents are generally proud of children who take after them. I feel good when someone notices that my child takes after myself or my wife in appearance. And I am ecstatic when others notice a positive character quality in one of my children that my wife and/or I often demonstrate. Whether the positive virtue was a result of parenting or not, we’ll certainly take the credit!
Moses had perhaps the most privileged relationship any human has had with God. We read, “The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11). Moses spent considerable time directly in God’s presence, and much like a parent, God’s character rubbed off on Moses. In fact, we read that after meeting with God, Moses’ face would shine and would cover it up with a veil. Without any effort on his own, Moses’ face reflected God’s glory simply by spending time with Him.
God’s purpose in creation and redemption is to have a family of children conformed to the image of His son. God wants us to be aware of this purpose and to be a willing partner in the process. He expects each one of us to spend time with Him on a regular basis, modeling and teaching the practice to our children. Just as Moses reflected God’s glory, we want our lives and the lives of our children to reflect God’s glory. Paul encourages us to follow Moses’ lead when he writes, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Paul describes this partnership as a process, not just a one-time event. Through the Holy Spirit, we are each being transformed more into Christ’s image. Whether working on your yard, watching an HGTV house makeover, or attempting to adjust the shape of your body, all transformation takes intentional and strategic commitment over a sustained period of time. The amount of hours that K-12 schooling represents is staggering... close to 15,000 hours! Children behave like their parents because they share their parents’ DNA on the inside and repeat behavior they have seen on the outside.
In order for our children to reflect God’s glory, surrounding them with those who share the same “DNA” as God has much value. The growing CCS community of teachers, staff, parents, and grandparents is designed to maintain and continue this process of transformation in the lives of students. It is not a perfect community made of perfect people. But it is a community that knows the true source of light and seeks to embrace its warmth and to share it with others.
– Adam Kronberger / Superintendent