Education is Draining
You donâ€™t have to look hard to find people giving in the St. Abeâ€™s community. For this Iâ€™m extremely grateful. A group of moms sit in the office, busily planning for the upcoming Barn Party, investing time and energy to ensure it is a success. Parents and grandparents gather weekly, praying over all aspects of our school. Teachers briskly walk from class to office to playground over and over again prepping and planning for how they will craft upcoming lessons. Students pour over math and Latin texts in the courtyard with rays of sun watching over their shoulder. Friends and family members send anonymous donations to ensure our mission will continue for many years to come. This is not to mention all that happens at home in preparation for each day at school â€“ endless cycles of laundry, lunch packing, homework checking, praying for classmates and teachers, more laundry, more homework checking, and be sure to get to bed early enough so there is not a homicide the next morning as everyone runs around getting ready for school.
Education is draining. We pour out time, energy, and finances to make this thing called school happen. Itâ€™s about this time of year that we all begin to acutely experience just how draining it is. Not only that, itâ€™s about this time of year that life seems to kick into 5th gear, as days and weeks begin speeding by at a greater and greater pace.
Scurrying about, it can be tempting to grow weary and lose sight of the end goal of it all. Why are we doing this anyway?
Consider the legacy of theologian and pastor Jonathan Edwards and his wife Sarah who lived during the 1700â€™s. An investigation was made of Edwardâ€™s known descendants, of which 1,394 were found. 13 had become college presidents, 65 college professors, 3 United States Senators, 30 judges, 100 Lawyers, 60 physicians, 75 army and navy officers, 100 preachers and missionaries, 60 authors of prominence, one Vice President of the United States, 80 public officials, 295 college graduates, many of whom were governors of states and ministers to foreign countries. That is an impressive legacy for one man and woman.
Our short-term goal at St. Abeâ€™s is to offer a Classical and Christian education that will assist you as you raise your children to be disciples of Christ. Our long-term goal is to help you establish a generational legacy that changes the world. In a culture that openly sacrifices its children, I am thankful to be part of a growing community that sacrifices so much for their children. Donâ€™t grow weary in well doing. Continue emptying yourself, and in so doing, magnify our self-emptying Savior.
â€œHave this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him â€ Philippians 2:5 9a