06 May Message from the Head of School May 5, 2020
Wouldn’t you like to know when they’re going to find a vaccine for the Coronavirus? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to put the date of reopening Nashville on the calendar? I would love to be able to tell you what next year will look like exactly. I surely would. What we lack around this issue is clarity. One of my least favorite things to do is to lack clarity.
Yet paradoxically, this situation has brought some strong clarity. Clarity about what’s most important. Clarity about how much relationships are missed, and about what we can really live without. Clarity about our family dynamics, our friendship circles, and our children. I have heard from so many parents who have reported gaining real clarity about what needs the most attention in their family dynamics, their interactions with their children, even their marriages. Some clarity is unsettling, flustering, disturbing, while other points of clarity are welcomed, helpful, even freeing. Regardless, all ah-ha moments need to be reflected upon, because there are truths to be found.
Last week, I asked the school’s leadership team to consider the question, “How will we be different because of this time?” In true teacher form, I asked them each to write a one-page paper about their reflections on this topic. Each of us had different perspectives, but it was clear to all of us that God has been on the move in each of us and in the school in some very real ways. We understand with clarity that our mission doesn’t change during distance learning and that God has provided ways for us to continue to love and know and prepare our precious students. We have taken time to revisit the “why” of what we do and to ensure that our plans align accordingly. God has provided greater clarity about the importance and strength of our community and how it must be cultivated. I have recognized that I want to write more and to offer my writing to encourage parents and families.
Clarity, whether freeing or unsettling, is a gift from God. It’s an opportunity for reflection and learning, but just as with every other opportunity, we have to accept it. For me, the most mind-blowing of all God’s traits is that He generously encourages us to ask for wisdom (James 1:5). So, let’s be a community that asks for wisdom, that asks for clarity, with boldness and confidence. And let’s also take the time to reflect on what God reveals to us, because that’s where the good stuff is.
You might choose to talk with your family about the question I posed to my leadership team, or you might just want to talk with your spouse or a friend about it. I would love to hear from you about the clarity you received. Wouldn’t you like to know . . . .?
Praying for clarity,