Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Power of Story

“I wonder what sort of tale we’ve fallen into?”  – Samwise Gamgee in “The Two Towers”

If you are familiar with The Lord of the Rings,  you might remember this quote from Sam.  He and Frodo have left the safety of the Shire and are on a journey to quite literally save the world from evil.  It is dangerous and difficult.  But Sam realizes that his life is a story, and it is part of a bigger story.

Sam and Frodo

Books and movies are popular because people love stories.  But what we don’t often realize is that our lives are stories that God is writing, and that our lives are part of a bigger story.  God wants us to know our stories and understand how our stories fit into the bigger picture of His story.

There are a couple of reasons it is important to understand this truth.  The first is simply that we will never really understand life until we can see how our story fits in with God’s story.  We need to be able to see the big picture of how our lives are part of God’s story so that we can make sense of what is going on in our lives, in our families, and in our relationships.

The second reason is that telling our stories may be the most effective way of communicating the Good News of Jesus to our culture.  When we share with people what God has been doing in our lives, how we have seen Him at work, the prayers that He has answered, they cannot deny the truth of our stories.  In a culture where many people do not believe in absolute truth and do not believe that the Bible is God’s Word, telling our stories can often be the entry point for them to be willing to hear truth from God’s Word.

Jesus said in Acts 1 that we will be His witnesses, which implies that we will have something to say about Him.  And we should be able to tell our own stories about how God has worked in our lives, not just give second-hand testimony to what God has done 2,000 years ago in the lives of others.

So this year in our Student Leadership Institute (SLi) we had the 8th graders prepare and share their stories with one another.  It was an amazingly powerful and profound time to hear the students be vulnerable and open with one another.  The power of people sharing their stories was incredible.  They laughed together, they cried together and they learned more about each other.  And by hearing the stories, they were also able to see a little bit more of the big picture of God’s story.

Next week those same 8th graders will graduate from ECS and move on to other schools.  My hope and prayer for them is that they will be able to share their stories in ways that will help others to know the hope and love of Jesus.

In Him,

 

Scott

Celebrating God’s Faithfulness

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

Today I am overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness in the big and little things of life. As I ponder all God has done and continues to do through the people and mission of Evansville Christian School, it is evident that God has faithfully provided always at the perfect time throughout our school’s history. Some can remember back to the beginning of Evansville Christian School in 1975 when a faithful God transformed the dreams of the leadership of Bethel Church into the school we know today. It would be impossible to count all the lives impacted for the kingdom because of ECS, but we are quick to remember that it is God, faithfully working in and through His people, who gets the credit!

Fast forward to Evansville Christian School today in 2014 and count the ways God continues to orchestrate His will and His plan for our school: exceptional leadership and vision of our school board, wisdom and skill of Paul Bair who nurtures partnerships and provides exemplary business leadership, collaborative and creative educational leadership of Mike Allen, spiritual discernment and team leadership gifts of Scott Winslow, outstanding faculty of educational leaders who are role models for our students, committed staff who consistently go the extra mile, supportive parents and volunteers, valued church partners, and of course the best students anywhere!

As we celebrate God’s continued faithfulness to ECS through increased enrollment, the new Cullen Avenue 7th/8th grade campus, progress on the high school planning, and collaboration with church partners, we thank God for the opportunity to share His school with more families in our community. Ask anyone at our school, and they will tell you what we do here everyday matters: for the Kingdom, in the lives of our students spiritually and academically, for families, and for our entire faculty and staff.  Since we know he is faithful throughout generations, we can also be confident that what God is doing in our students will impact our community and even the world for Christ!

During this last month of the school year, our schedules are busy with programs, graduation, and events that remind us to be faithful to finish the year well. At this time of year, I always want to say thank you to parents for trusting ECS with your child and allowing us to partner with you in their education. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 ESV
In His Service,
Susie Masterson
Elementary Principal