God isn’t finished
Why is an education at St. Joseph School, no matter how the learning happens (pandemic or under normal conditions) a valuable education, making it worthy of investing time, resources and finances? There are many layers to this question, and today I will begin a series of articles about our mission statement that I hope will shed light on answers to this question.
Our mission is to inspire and empower all learners to become the person God made them to be by integrating Catholic Virtues, Prayers and Service with 21st Century learning.
I want to start at the heart of our mission statement. Our goal is to help mold learners to become the person God made them to be. What on earth could that possibly mean and how on earth do we dare to think that we could do such a thing?
Let me start with scripture. Jesus told the disciples, “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered,” Matthew 10:30. In Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,” Jeremiah 1:5. Psalm 139: 16, “Your eyes beheld my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me.”
- These scripture passages, and many more that were not quoted, define the idea that we were made for a very specific purpose. I would say that it can then be implied that we were born for this time and for this place to do something very specific.
- Ok, you might be asking, “So how can we, St. Joseph School, be so bold as to think we are capable of knowing who God made each learner to be?” Good question! Answer: We don’t!
- Rather, we know and believe that the way this happens is by helping each learner develop a relationship with Jesus.
- This relationship happens by developing a knowledge of our faith, by learning our history, by learning how to pray and by experiencing the sacraments frequently.
- This happens by having high expectations for: completing daily studies, for cooperating with others, for respecting others, for general behavior and by providing opportunities for that relationship to be developed each and every day, several times a day.
- It happens by embracing failure and using those opportunities as launch pads for becoming a better person, a better learner, a better friend, a better disciple of Jesus.
- This happens by recognizing that each one of us is a unique person who has been given special charisms, special talents and special human characteristics blended together uniquely to make us the person that God designed us to be.
- Who is that person? Well, that’s a mystery that unfolds each and every day. The more we are in touch with the Holy Spirit, with our faith and with Christ himself, the more we will be inspired and empowered to become that mystery person.
Well, that’s a very ambitious goal for our school. We desire to be a conduit that helps each learner (all of us are learners by the way) to grow closer to the one whom God designed us to be. We believe that through prayer, through acts of service and through virtue formation we have the best chance to become the best version of ourselves – the one that God made us to be!
So, the questions for the day are:
What am I working on so that I may become that one person, the one person that God designed me to be?
How can I develop my relationship with Jesus so that I might be able to uncover the mystery of who I was made to be?
Who am I? – Key question inside this question: Is there true inner peace with who you are becoming? If not, remember that God isn’t finished with you yet!