Food is a big topic around my house in the summer time. Much of what we do for fun and family time involves cooking and eating. My kids are teenagers, and two of them have been “starving” college students for the past nine months, so they are making up for lost time. Burgers on the grill, cold watermelon, gourmet pizza, fresh salads and homemade ice cream are some of the favorites at our house. But what is really going on as we plan menus, shop for groceries and cook together in the kitchen? We are with each other, collaborating on something that we all love and enjoy as a family. The ingredients in the recipe may vary and the resulting meal on the plate may or may not be the best ever, but the shared experience yields the most beneficial product of relationships.
A Unique Purpose
There are some similarities between the kitchen and the school. Both have facilities which are unique to the purposes they serve. These facilities are equipped with tools and resources for the accomplishment of these purposes. But neither of these can produce what they are equipped to produce apart from the people and the relationships of those people working together with a “recipe” for the desired outcomes.
And like my kitchen at home, very often what starts as a goal of making the most spectacular pasta dish in the world can end up being an experience with surprises, disappointments and victories. Whether or not the dish looks like the picture in the recipe or a version of that picture, what usually makes the experience valuable are the people who made contributions to the process.
Not Cookie Cutter Products
Our children are not cookie cutter products of a Christian schooling experience that, given the right tools and the correct recipe, will turn out exactly as we thought they would upon graduation. But along the way, there will be valuable relationships formed as we are with each other, collaborating on something that we all love and are committed to.
Who are the teachers, staff, administrators and fellow parents who you have rubbed shoulders with at LCS who have made your experience rich, blessed and enjoyable because you have shared the surprises, disappointments and victories together? Maybe the finished product is not the goal. Maybe it is the journey along the way, shared in the context of relationships. That is really the ultimate goal.
This post was written by Julie Rice, LCS Director of Enrollment. If you are interested in LCS, please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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