As we gear up for our accreditation visit in April, going through the old data and narratives accumulated since our last visit has been fascinating. We’re able to be both nearsighted and farsighted (optics pun…my wife is an optometrist!) in that we see what we thought at a specific point in time, but also we see how far we’ve come and how we’ve grown. We have snapshots of points in time–which has brought back some great memories and brought up some great stories–as well as the entire collage, which makes me thankful for God’s provision and guidance and His blessings on our little piece of His Kingdom.
Part of me wishes I could erase my memories for the last five years, and dive into this information with a blank slate; essentially to see things as our accreditation team will see them. I wonder what I would think! How would I see our growth? It’s so hard to appreciate growth when we’re in the middle of it. My parents see my kids every so often, and they always remark at how they’ve grown and all the new things they’ve learned. I don’t get to see drastic changes; they gradually grow alongside me and so I’m not as appreciative of the changes as I could be. When I decided to not be a doctor and to dive headfirst into youth ministry, my friends at ACU were shocked. I was a biology major! I had worked in a chemistry lab! This was my life! My friends from high school, however, hadn’t ever seen that part of me…they only knew me as the kid on fire for Jesus and his youth group. Their response was “Really? I thought that’s what you were always doing.” They saw the long view, and didn’t see the points in time where I went crazy and tried to deviate from God’s will. (It’s a long story. Ask me sometime if you’re interested!)
Part of God’s grace for us is that He knows the beginning and the end. He isn’t surprised by momentary insanity, or thrown off by snippets of the story that we’d deem “not quite right.” He is eternal, He is constant, and He is good. It does not matter which part of your story God looks at–He loves you fiercely no matter what. I’m supremely confident in our accreditation visit not because of our excellence–don’t hear me wrong: we are absolutely excellent!–but because we seek God with all we have as a staff, as families, and as a community.
We find our peace in this: God’s story is the best story to be a part of, now and forever.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
Secondary Education Principal
Logos Preparatory Academy
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