Headmaster Blog for Jan 21, 2013 – How Do We Excel?

Edward Bulwer-Lytton famously said, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” and there are times when I come across something someone has written that just “slays” me. My Commitment as a Christian was written by a young African pastor and tacked on the wall of his hut. Those who entered the house after he was martyred for his faith discovered this document. I humbly share it with you here.

I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast.
I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made.
I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished with low living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven,
my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence
of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go
till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problems recognizing me—my banner will be clear!

Summit is a Classical and Christian school–and none of us want this to be “in name only”. Having said that, it is sobering to realize that our soft, “consumerist” approach to Jesus Christ would not be recognized by the Apostolic Church as being authentic Christianity. The Christian faith is one of radical relationship, first with God and then with others. According to no less than Jesus Christ, this relationship begins by dying to self and living for Him; “Whoever does not take his cross [an instrument of death] and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life [in the affairs of this world] will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt. 10:38-39). About this Jim Eliot said, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” The man who wrote My Commitment as a Christian connected these dots; he “got it”.

My passion is that our children encounter the living Christ at Summit, and not a cultural parody of Him. If we share this passion together, and I trust that we do, then we must be reminded that Summit is not a “place”. Rather, Summit is a network of families that are, can I say, in “radical relationship” with one another. However, any encounter with Jesus Christ will only be availed to us to the extent that we ourselves are in radical relationship with Him; dying unto self, living unto Him. Why would we muddle in mediocrity with anything, let alone in our relationship with the living God? Why would we not want to excel in this, especially as a bequest to our children? More than anything else I desire Summit to excel as those who are surrendered to Jesus. It is from this platform alone that Summit can also excel as a Classical school. I would love to say for Summit, “I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ”. Let’s love and educate our children this way. Why not give up what we cannot keep—to gain for ourselves, and to give to our children, what they cannot lose?

Heads-up for the coming week:

  • January is PROCUREMENT MONTH at Summit for the upcoming AUCTION.  We currently have only about 10% of the needed inventory of items for the auction.  Please do your part to procure several items or experiences that can be donated to the auction.  Please contact Tricia Ritter if you have questions or need information.  We are counting on all the parents’ participation, to make the auction a success!
  • Thank you Summit families for giving the school your empty printer cartridges/toners  Summit was given $112.00 in purchasing credit at Staples simply from dropping off empty ink cartridges and toners given by parents. It would be wonderful if we all continue to give those same items throughout the coming school year.  A seemingly small thing that makes a difference in our budget.  Empty cartridges can be given to teachers, or can be placed directly into the Cartridge World box in the library.
  • Also, please remember that box tops earn money for our school. If you have questions please contact Kelly Wilson.
  • Summit is adopting a new policy for yellow slips. From this point forward if your child receives a yellow slip from their teacher, you can expect a contact from that teacher to explain the circumstances and to discuss any remedial action that may be necessary.
  • We still have an immediate need for recess supervisors!! Open slots are Thursday at 11:45AM and Monday lunch recess. If any of you could participate in this way it would be great appreciated by our teachers who need this break time for planning.
  • Because of the increased size of our student population it has been decided Valentine cards will be given this year within individual classes and not school-wide.
  • Parents, when you pick up your children please ask them to help police the playground and check to see that they are leaving it in good shape.
  • Etiquette during morning assembly; Parents, while I realize that drop-off time in the morning is a convenient time to catch up with other parents and teachers, please do not do so during assembly itself. It is difficult for the children to come to order when they see and hear the adults not coming to order.
  • Please continue to pray for Lisa Miller’s recovery!
  • Please PRAY for our school!
Headmaster Blog for Jan 21, 2013 – How Do We Excel?