My oldest has studied US History this year, and my family has talked about things that we have witnessed in history. Our discussion about these events have led to an interesting discovery – we thought we knew the significance of an event or president or laws or court cases, etc, when they happened, but the real test of history has been in looking back to see the lasting significance.
In our personal lives, I have come to understand this as well. Looking back to our oldest’s prior school, how little we knew then of the truly amazing individuals and their lasting shaping not only of him but of our family. We will forever be grateful for the leadership examples, in their everyday authentic humility.
In looking back, I can see now how the world culture has changed the culture of Christian education, over just a few short years. The leadership of my son’s first school knew this scripture and took it to heart and practiced every single day: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” [Philippians 2:3-4 NASB]
These leaders also expected students to learn not only academic studies, but what true Christ-likeness looks like = humility and genuine care and concern for others.
My oldest may never tell you about his sister. He will never tell you how hard a year she has had and how that effects everything in his life. He is a sibling to a special needs child, and he carries a burden no one else will truly understand (open letter to a special needs sibling) . He greets her every morning and every evening as he comes and goes, he shows genuine love even though she could never love him back with words or actions.
My oldest may never tell you about how hard he has worked this year. Athletically he improves every week. Musically, his mind and talents have grown. Academically, he has thrived despite frustrations, busy schedules, and demands of a very hard online class in a foreign language, in BOTH the summer and the school year. He works from 6:30 am to 10 pm every day.
My oldest may never tell you his goals for the future. In fact, he might be a little afraid to look past today and this week, knowing there could be some really hard things coming down the road. He seeks to be in the here and now and helping where he can right now.
My oldest seeks the best in others and himself, all the while preferring not to have any recognition for it. He, in his few short years here on earth, is learning genuine authentic humility.
So, today, the Moses award (Numbers 12:3) for HUMILITY goes to …
my 16 year old
I will forever be proud of you,