02 Sep Message from the Head of School September 2, 2020
One of the most difficult aspects of my job is not being able to extend enrollment to everyone. I want every mission-appropriate family to enjoy the benefits of The Covenant School. I want to say “yes, absolutely” to everyone who wants to be here. Given the recent Metro decisions, we have received a flood of inquiries and applications – many of them from families who would be a perfect fit at Covenant. And now we have to say “I’m sorry, but no” to so many.
As with anything we cannot control, we must offer it up in faith to God, acknowledging that He is the author of their stories and He will care for them generously. God has not called us, in the Covenant School community, to educate the children of the world; He has called us to educate your children. And it is indeed a calling. All of the generosity and graciousness that we long to extend to all of Nashville’s children and families, is directed toward your children and this faith and learning community. And I am excited to start the year with such a focus.
Does this mean that we, the school, can meet every one of your children’s needs, your family’s needs? I wish I could say “yes, absolutely,” but I have to say “I’m sorry, but no.” As generous as we are as a school, God alone is the One who meets your needs. He may use us to do so, or He may use some other entity, person, or circumstance. But this I know for sure: My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) This is what we’re teaching your children, on a much simpler level, and this is what God is teaching us adults, perhaps on a deeper level. To believe this one simple truth is to open a floodgate of devotion and understanding and faith and trust. What would our lives, our reactions, our relationships, and our time look like if we just believed that God would meet all our needs with the very riches of Christ Jesus himself?
These are truths that children more readily accept, while we adults are busy thinking of exceptions and counter-examples. Are God’s promises true? Or not? It’s either one or the other. This is not a “sort of” situation. So many promises we humans make, have made, and will make are not true, not real, and will never come to fruition. But God has met us even in our wavering by showing us that all of God’s promises are YES in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20), that it is His glorious riches that meet our needs, and that He extends a “YES, ABSOLUTELY” to even our most feeble attempts at faith.