I wanted to take the opportunity as we near the Easter break to give you an update on things we are working on for next year. First, I want to say thank you for all of your support for the Booster Fun Run this past February. We have ordered equipment for the playground that should be here in the coming weeks. Through your generosity, we were able to order one of the major playground pieces and three smaller units that will greatly enhance our playgrounds.
We have also enhanced our Early Education playgrounds with the areas we have developed behind the classrooms with turf and new equipment. In addition, we are currently working on the development of a new indoor playground space that we hope to open this summer.
Next, our administrative team has been busy planning for many technology upgrades for the coming school year. In the fall, we will be adding mobile iPad labs for lower and middle school use. Teachers in all grades will also be equipped with iPads to further integrate technology in the classroom. In the high school, students will be using their own devices in the classroom for some use of e-textbooks and for use with MOODLE. MOODLE is a software tool that will prepare students for their college experience by allowing them to test, submit work, and obtain all assignments online. MOODLE or similar systems are currently used in most college environments.
We will also be augmenting our foreign language program in the lower and middle school through our technology labs and with the introduction of units that will teach not only language but also the culture of the language they will study. Furthermore, our faculty is working hard on updating and enhancing all curriculum guides to ensure that we optimize student performance in all disciplines.
Finally, I pray that you and your family will have a blessed Easter break. If you do not have a church home, I would love to invite to worship with us here at First Baptist on Easter weekend. We have five opportunities that weekend that I want to make you aware of. Our traditional service times are at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 20th. Our church also offers a modern service called the Lift, which will have a Saturday night Easter service on April 19th at 6 p.m. and a Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m. on the 20th. The Lift meets in the Family Life Center. The theme this year is “Who Cares?...God”. We would love to have you and I promise you will come away blessed!
One of the hardest things that I have encountered in all of my years of being a parent is how to be a more understanding parent. I have a very results-oriented personality and thus, I think at times that the whole world should perform all at the same level and get the same results. We all know that does not work though, because everyone is different in regards to how God made them.
God blessed my wife and I with three beautiful girls who are each very different in terms of personality and interests. Unfortunately, there were many times early on that I expected all of them to be the same in how they performed at school, their interests, their behavior, and other areas. I learned quickly and sometimes painfully that this was not the case.
I should have known this from one of my favorite verses in the book of Ephesians. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” This verse reminds me that God made each person uniquely and carefully with a beautiful purpose for life. That truth has helped me tremendously in raising my children.
Each of my three girls has different talents, gifts, and personalities just as each of your children do. No matter how many children you have, they are all different. When we expect them to all perform the same in any area whether it be academics, athletics, or the arts, we will quickly frustrate our children and ourselves.
The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:4 reiterates this when he states: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”
Oftentimes, we as parents can provoke our children to anger by expecting them to fit a certain mold academically or athletically. I have found it far better to challenge my children to do their best at whatever endeavor or interest they have and allow God to do the rest.
What great reminder for us as parents that indeed our children are God’s masterpiece! I pray that we will spend our time helping our kids to find their significance and purpose in Jesus Christ. Once they discover that, then we can spend our energies on encouraging them to do their best to honor and glorify God with their unique set of talents and gifts!