Don’t Hinder Them – Be Like Them
by Larry Baker, CVCS Superintendent
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 18: 2
In this past week, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some classrooms and reflect on a variety of topics. Among those reflections was the idea of how CVC is called to be different. I realize that in some areas we’re not really unique. I mean, believers and unbelievers alike should learn which words to capitalize and where to properly place an apostrophe. An algebra student in a public middle school and an algebra student at CVC will get the same answer for “x” if they both solve the equation correctly. For some topics, it’s pretty difficult to apply faith principles or perspectives.
On the other hand, I observed an AP Literature class as they dissected a poem written by an atheist. Now, AP Literature classes across the country teach the same material; they’re all aiming toward that test that could result in college credit. I was impressed, and actually quite proud, to observe our students recognize a stanza of that poem that had some redemptive quality to it, and then take that discussion to a passage in the Bible and compare it to some of Paul’s teachings. I doubt that happens in AP Literature over at Redwood High School. A skilled instructor, students with some 17 years of biblical instruction, and an environment like CVC where that conversation is encouraged and even expected, all yielded exactly what this superintendent needed to see that afternoon.
When a child is happy, she is happy with her whole body. Like the day of a field trip, you don’t just see smiles. You see jumping and laughing and running and skipping. High school students and adults are happy with their faces. Little children are happy from their heads to their toes.
In this same week, not that far away from the AP English classroom, our kindergartners learned how to skip. Can you skip? Try it once. Hop on one foot. Take a step. Hop on the other foot. Take another step. Keep doing that, alternating feet and hopping once. Do it faster and faster. That is called skipping and I’m quite sure that is how Miss Brooke teaches her kinders.
After mastering their new skill, little kids love to skip. Have you ever noticed that? But they only skip when they are happy. Sad children don’t skip. At the end of the school day I have observed on more than one occasion how some kids skip while holding hands, heading to the bus. I think it would be safe to conclude that two little kids holding hands and skipping to the bus are very good friends and are also happy. That’s another thing about children. When a child is happy, she is happy with her whole body. Like the day of a field trip, you don’t just see smiles. You see jumping and laughing and running and skipping. High school students and adults are happy with their faces. Little children are happy from their heads to their toes.
I love that in my job I can spend 30 minutes listening to an adult conversation in AP English and one hour later smile at the site of two five-year-old girls come skipping out to the bus. Then, with those images in my mind I can also sit in the solitude of my office wondering what exactly Jesus had in mind when he instructed his disciples to be more like children. I know he wants us to have a child-like faith – to trust him completely – but I think there’s more. I think Jesus enjoyed the transparency of children. I bet he enjoyed their unbridled enthusiasm. When Jesus saw little children skipping, I’m sure it brought a smile to his face, too.
In fact, I can close my eyes and picture Jesus with a boy on one side, a girl on the other, the three of them holding hands traveling down the path – skipping.
There is so much richness in being alive in Christ; and so much joy that can be multiplied when you share it with your community. Are you still looking for “your people” or a school that will teach your children the way you want them to be taught? Start your application for CVC today! We’re happy to serve pre-K through 12th grades, and to create an educational Christian community for our families that values academic excellence in every way.
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