Last weekend, we had our first ever Senior Retreat, which we nerdily called “Coda.” A coda is a concluding passage to a piece or movement–in this case, spring semester of senior year. Our goal for the retreat was twofold: remind them of where they came from, and encourage them moving forward. The first part was easy. We cheated and brought Greg Anderson back to be the speaker, and Wes came along with him to be with his senior class. He in turn brought the thunder, calling our students to let their love be genuine based on Romans 12. (I wish everyone could have been there when Greg and Wes walked up. There was screaming, cheering, and stampeding over to hug them and love on them. It was awesome.)
The second part is a little trickier. I compared their senior year to being on a ski jump course: they’re pointed downhill, gaining speed, and the rest of us are on the sidelines chucking information at them hoping we might hit them as they fly by. In many ways, they’re moving forward while we stay where we are. I asked (begged?) them to understand our point of view. We’re trying to love on them as much as we can, and build them up as much as we can. But here’s the thing:
These kids are already awesome.
Yes, mistakes have been made, are being made, and will be made. It won’t be smooth for everyone. If we go with the ski jump metaphor, sometimes it’ll be a gold, and sometimes it will be a Wide World of Sports intro. But these seniors are talented, intelligent students prepared to take on the world. I was blessed to be able to sit on the sidelines and watch them interact this weekend, genuinely loving on each other and enjoying each others’ company. Yes, we occasionally threw some knowledge at them in an attempt to help, but if I learned anything from the retreat, it’s that this passage or movement is going to conclude and lead into something even bigger and better.
And when they come back to see us, you’d better believe I’m going to run and scream and cheer just like they did for Greg, because they deserve it.
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Secondary Education Principal
Logos Preparatory Academy
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