The Blessing of “Both/And” in Christian Education
This week's blog comes from former WCCS Board Member, Lora Holladay, as she reflects on how a Christ-centered WCCS education has been a blessing to her family and prepared her son not just academically and professionally, but also spiritually for life after graduation.
As parents, we often think our main job (academically) is to prepare our kids to get into the best colleges, make achievements along the way, and basically teach them how to be successful in this life. And, while of course those are incredible aspirational goals, I don’t feel those go quite far enough to describe both the value and the blessing of Christian Education.
When I reflect back upon our family’s experience at Westminster Catawba Christian School, I am grateful for both the academic preparation for fulfilling God’s purpose in our son Spencer’s life after high school, and the absolute joy that comes with knowing your child is walking in God’s truth for all eternity.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
I recall partnerships with teachers who were experts in their field, giving our son the foundation he needed to succeed. Teachers teach, it’s what they do. They are trained to relay information, to help students learn and subsequently advance to the next level. Although these things are true, what we experienced at WCCS were teachers who were both encouragers and mentors. They were incredible Christian witnesses who poured grace into our son’s life. I absolutely love that whether you asked him in elementary, middle, or high school who his favorite teacher was, he always said…"my Bible teacher.”
I am thankful for experiences where our son was taught early on to answer God’s call for his life. The mission of the school is to further God’s Kingdom by blessing our world as disciples of Christ. The school gave him the opportunity to explore how he could make an outward impact while keeping his inward focus on discipleship. What an extraordinary gift it is as a parent to know your child is not only learning, but also leaning upon “the peace that surpasses all understanding” as they navigate the ups and downs of life.
Lastly, I am grateful for the opportunities our son had to look at the world through a biblical perspective, recognize injustice, and demonstrate Christ’s love to others. He was encouraged to go out and serve as Christ served. One of the greatest memories I had as a parent volunteer was an instance where a group of students went to a local homeless shelter to volunteer and what they encountered was a frazzled staff member, an overwhelming number of clients, and need that was far greater than a group of students could meet. Instinctively, one of the students took the staff member by the hand and said, “can we pray before we get started?” So, as the group formed a prayer circle in the middle of the room, the tension started to melt away, clients joined in by bowing their heads and the right tone was set. You could feel Christ’s presence enter the room. I was so touched as I realized it was these students who had brought Him along. Praise Be to God!
You see, the true blessing of Christian Education is both an exceptional education and (the “AND” is the thing here) …. a Kingdom focus that teaches our children the eternal lesson of having a close personal relationship with God and enjoying Him forever.
Spencer did well on his entrance exams and is now enrolled at Winthrop University. He was prepared for both life after high school and for life everlasting. What could be better than that? WCCS is truly an "education to believe in."