To paraphrase a famous line from JFK’s inaugural address, “My fellow Vikings, ask not what your school can do for you – ask what you can do for your school.” Actually, since we’re in the business of caring for a family’s most treasured asset, parents have every right to ask and to have high expectations of LCS. We don’t imagine folks will “ask not.” And that’s as it should be. Yet, because this is a bona fide partnership, the school, likewise, will have significant expectations of our own.
So what can you do for LCS? How can you be a blessing? Glad you asked! Will you consider three simple, yet profound things? That’s all I’m asking…well, for today, anyway.
- Will you pray?
- Will you give?
- Who else do you know?
Let me, briefly, break these down into very doable opportunities for you.
First, praying. This one is really easy, yet it makes all the difference in the world. We have seen that “the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” It is powerful and effective. For nearly 60 years, we have been covered by the prayers of moms, dads, grandparents, students and many others. When you’re doing the critical work of sharpening young minds and shepherding young hearts, you just can’t function without prayer support. We absolutely count on it, like nothing else.
This doesn’t mean you have to hole yourself up in your prayer closet and call upon the Lord for hours about LCS. It can be as simple as voicing a brief prayer when you drive down Ariana or Harden and notice the school. But, please pray with your eyes open! This is how I often pray for my friends. As I drive past their businesses, I try to remember to, momentarily, mute sports radio and ask for the Lord’s blessing on them. Doesn’t happen all the time, but I know they are appreciative for whatever little time I might commit to prayer on their behalf.
Next, giving. Okay, I realize this is getting a little more personal, but stay with me! Even though I’m sure you, like me, enjoy receiving Christmas and birthday gifts, why is it that we so enjoy buying for others, and then we get a real rush of anticipation as they open our gifts? It’s because we were designed to be givers rather than takers. That’s right, a huge part of our core reason for being – to glorify God and enjoy Him forever – is in loving our neighbors well.
No matter how much or little we have, God has given us considerable material blessings. And we shouldn’t even wonder why God has been so generous. In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul tells us that, “we will be made rich in every way so that we can be generous on every occasion.” We are so wealthy, yet we all too often forget who owns it in the first place. The temptations of materialism – finding more ways to spend that which God has provided, indulging ourselves, and spoiling our children – is a daily battle. I lose this fight more times than I’d like to admit.
The answer? Stewardship -- the realization that God owns it all and we are called to be “proven faithful” as wise caretakers. As Randy Alcorn says in The Treasure Principle, “God wants your heart. He isn’t looking just for “donors” for His kingdom, those who stand outside the cause and dispassionately consider acts of philanthropy. He’s looking for disciples immersed in the causes they give to. He wants people so filled with a vision for eternity that they wouldn’t dream of not investing their money, time, and prayers where they will matter most.”
Such a place is LCS! An excellent Christian education is expensive. The financial costs are far more than tuition can support. LCS needs Kingdom partners who will invest in the good work being done in young lives. At a minimum, we need for current school families to support their school, according to their ability, during this season of life when we are educating their precious treasures. But, of course, all givers are welcome (translation: Blessed are the grandparents and other friends who also faithfully step up in generous fashion!).
The two priorities for giving now – completion of our capital campaign (paying for the wonderful facilities our children enjoy each day) and financial aid (making a Christian education more accessible to families in need).
There is no doubt that gifts to LCS are truly, “storing up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6:20) Remember, giving is the only antidote to materialism.
And, finally, will you tell others about this special place? LCS doesn’t conduct elaborate advertising campaigns. We count on people sharing their school experience with others. Will you take the time to share your LCS blessing with family and friends who have school-age children? Who else would you like to see touched by Lakeland Christian?
And when you give, will you help us invite others to invest as well? Most of us know of others with giving capacity who should have LCS on their stewardship radar. Sharing the blessing of joyful giving is a blessing in itself!
Praying.Giving. Telling. Three big ways we can all use our God-given resources to make a difference in the life of children, for eternity. Thanks for loving LCS so well.
Mr. Steve Wilson is the Director of Advancement at Lakeland Christian School. To reach Steve, you may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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