Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Getting Priorities in Order

There's a commercial on the radio that starts out with a young voice talking about his difficult experience balancing his school work with his desire to get better at hockey.  His Dad also talks about the apparent struggle, how the grades just didn't seem to improve and the time constraints imposed by school interfered with this young man's desire to be successful at something.  Then, of course, the solution to the whole problem is introduced, in this case it's a cyber educational alternative, and everyone is happy in the end, especially the young man who has now been able to arrange his priorities so that his education no longer interferes with his ability to get better at hockey. 

If I were trying to promote an educational alternative, I'm not sure that would be the best way to go about it.  Trying to convince people that education is not important enough to encourage them to try your alternative will only attract those who don't have their priorities straight.  It may generate revenue, but it won't generate success. 

I thought about writing a commercial to promote what we do here at PCS, ending it with something like, "If you want to be good at hockey, try the educational alternative.  If you want to get a good education, come to Portersville Christian School."  Part of getting that good education is getting your priorities in order, and what we hope to teach with regard to priorities is that God's will matters most.

When he was calling the Corinthian believers to account for some things they had said about him, the Apostle Paul writes, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  That's a good definition of success.  Being able to allow God to work through you, and set aside whatever it is that you can do well, or that you want to do, demonstrates a clear understanding of knowing and doing the will of God.  If that's your first priority, everything else will fall into place, including your own success and the ability to handle it.

That's one of the reasons we go well beyond the classroom to teach students how to order their priorities.  This is a small school and we have a lot of students who are involved in a lot of activities.  In addition to classwork, students have to balance participation in sports, drama, church life and perhaps even work, if they are old enough and responsible enough.  Even paying more attention to school and academic performance can be motivated by "me" and not "Him."  It is all in the way we look at it and go about it.

And that, in a nutshell, is Christian education.  So if you want to get better at hockey, or soccer, or even academics, get your priorities straight, and learn how God's power can be made perfect in your weakness.