14 Apr Message from the Head of School April 14th
Dear Parents and Friends of TCS,
When I talk to parents about technology, I often say that technology has raised the bar for all of us – we need to be better parents, teachers, coaches, and ministers, now that technology is everywhere. I still think that’s true, but I also think that the COVID-19 situation has suddenly and relentlessly “amped up” the need for good parenting, good teaching, and good just-being-a- responsible-human-being. Most any situation that was already present in our homes, in our work, and in our relationships is exacerbated by the stay-home order. If siblings tend to argue and nit-pick at each other in normal life, it will probably be even more-so in quarantine. If you have a hard time enforcing rules (think screen-time) in normal life, you will really have a hard time enforcing them in quarantine. The list of examples is never-ending, but you get my point.
Should our response be to simply throw in the towel and hope against hope this is all over soon? This is not a prolonged snow day; it’s our lifestyle now. It’s how we live and how we might have to live, on and off, for a while. Maybe. Nevertheless, I believe that this time can be a reboot opportunity in our families, our schools, our businesses, and our relationships. But we first have to see our circumstances with proper perspective. Rather than viewing this time in a posture of “stuck” – stuck in our houses, stuck with an unbalanced economy, stuck as the teacher I never wanted to be, stuck in bed with an illness – we can still find fullness, though it may not be evident when we’re in a posture of “stuck”.
What if we took a posture of “plenty” instead? Yes, the economy has taken us on a roller coaster ride and our budgets may be variable for a time. True, the emotional volume in our house is turned up way too loud. And yes, we don’t know what wreckage this virus has in store for us going forward. Regardless, in a posture of “plenty” we see our circumstances with fresh eyes and consider our opportunities with new energy. When there is plenty, people have no fear of missing out, no need to hoard. We can be gracious and generous with each other because there is plenty.
Well, I have good news for you. There is plenty. There is plenty of love, plenty of kindness, plenty of opportunity, plenty of creativity, plenty of friendship, plenty of laughter, plenty of beauty. God offers us so much more than just enough and infinitely more than “stuck.” We have bounty at our fingertips. The most counter-culture and brave thing we can do is choose to see the fullness instead of the lack, no matter what. Plenty is a reminder of His kingdom, which displays hints of itself in the here and now, and waits to show the full measure of God’s extravagant fullness that is ours in the life to come.
The evidence of God’s abundance and provision are easily found in the Scriptures. Here are a handful of those Scriptures that might be a catalyst for conversation at your house:
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
In God’s bounty,
Opportunities are Plentiful:
Free Parent Seminar This Thursday at 1pm CST and 8pm CST with Tricia Thornton, play therapist. The link with information to join is HERE.
So many read-alouds of wonderful children’s books by fun celebrities. Click HERE.
The Rube Goldberg website with lots of contests, communities, and learning for engineering and imaginative minds of all ages.
Organize a Stuffed Animal Safari in your neighborhood!