Greetings Summit Family!
Items for Action:
- As they say in Texas, I will be “out of pocket” August 13-15 for a couple of days of vacation.
- Save the date for the first annual Summit Jog-A-Thon coming Saturday, Sept. 20.
- Summit still has a few enrollment slots open for Kindergarten, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades for the 2014-2015 school year. Please spread the word!
- Please be in prayer about Summit’s search for a Fourth Grade teacher. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38). If you are aware of a potential candidate who may be a fit for this position, please pass their name on to me.
Ideas for Reflection:
For me summer is a great time for reflection. It’s a funny thing how this works; when I pause to reflect on the past, it’s not long before I’m thinking about the future (often worrying about the future). There are, in fact, three tenses of our lives: we all have a past, we all have a future, and we are all living in the present.
The past and the future are the two tenses of our lives over which we have little or no control. If you are like me, you have a rather complicated relationship with your past. On the one hand, there are things that I regret deeply; choices I made, things I said, bad things done by me—or to me, etc.—I’m not very good at showing myself (or others) grace and mercy, let alone receiving it from God. On the other hand, there are parts of my past that I idealize; “if only things could be the way they used to be.” When I reflect upon my past in either of these ways, I am giving my past permission to victimize me in my present; it’s a prison, and too many people live there. The most constructive (and Biblical) reason to reflect on our past is the opportunity it affords us to learn the lesson and continue growing up (cf. 1 Cor. 10:1-11).
Our anticipation of the future can be as complicated as our reflection on the past. I remember a time in my life when my regard for the future was a haphazard fantasy. I was in the grips of the common and deluded notion that I can do anything—if only I can visualize it (“visualize whirled peas”); it is so easy to get lost as an avatar within one’s own imagination, living life in a perpetual day dream. Before long your life is over and you are left empty handed with nothing to show for it. To be sure, we all have the capacity to look to the future in irresponsible ways. On the other hand, we all know what it means to worry about the future. In Lewis’ masterpiece, The Screwtape Letters, the tempter Screwtape advises his nephew, Wormwood, to get his victim, the Christian, to worry about as many different outcomes to his future as possible—despite the obvious fact that there will only be one outcome. Jesus had some pointed words about the futility of worry in the life of a believer (Matthew 6:25-34—read it!). Of course, fear is the flip side of worry, and God doesn’t want us in that prison either. Rather, God wants us to make good choices, which include making reasonable provision for the future, and then trust Him. The future is, after all, in His capable hands.
That brings us to the present, which happens to be that tense of our lives where we are called to live. We learn from our past, we trust God for our future, but we live in the present. The right and good choices that we make today are that which reflects the best stewardship of our yesterdays and our tomorrows. It is early in August and before we know it the school year at Summit will be upon us. We are all looking forward to that. In your reflection you may have regrets about last year and fears of the one that is soon upon us. If there are things that need to be done differently, fine. Resolve to make the appropriate changes and trust God for their outcomes. For my part, I am more excited about this coming year at Summit than any other. God is at work in our midst—in the blessings and in the challenges—and it’s all good. In the meantime, let’s all bask in this present moment that is such a gift from God—praise Him!
God bless you all,
Dr. Timothy Orton
Summit Classical Christian School