I’ll admit - seeing the first draft of the “Central Parent Directory” each year makes my heart do a little flip as I look at the collective list. Each family name represents freshly made summer memories and new experiences, but for some, real struggles are represented, too. As a leadership team, we’re keenly aware of both as we’ve already celebrated with some individuals and cried with others. We’ve been placed together this year, staff, new and existing families, “…for such as time as this” as scripture says. It’s not coincidence; it’s a divine appointment!
As we expand our circles of friendship, get to know each other, and share about our ups and downs alike, our transparency becomes contagious and mutually beneficial. It’s overwhelming and discouraging to journey through parenting and life experiences alone. But in community and through God’s strength, however, it’s do-able! So let’s stretch ourselves this year to be available to each other. In order to have a friend – we have to be one. Let’s be a strong, open Central family this year! “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – I Thessalonians 5:11
“The Lord humbled you in the desert to teach you that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word from God’s mouth.” Deuteronomy 8:3
Looking out the window on a February day in Minnesota one doesn’t immediately think about deserts, as many of us – ok, some of us - are routinely driving on lakes encased in two or three feet of ice. Temperatures regularly dip below zero here, and winds swirl a mixture of snow and occasionally even topsoil. Yet the idea of desert is not foreign to anyone who has lived long enough to experience some of life’s parching moments. Your geography has little to do with living in the desert. The desert is certainly not a friendly place to be. It can be a hostile environment where you might succumb to heat during the day and cold at night. Water is at a premium, yet the most common reason people die here, at least in the Middle East, is drowning from flash floods.
So why does God send us to the desert for seasons of life? He sent Moses there. He sent His own Son to the desert. The desert served as training for Moses. It served as a place of solitude for Jesus. Both had to rely on the father in the desert. Both were brought close to the Father during their stay.
We all experience desert. When we find ourselves there, we have a choice, to rely on our own strength or to rely on the Heavenly Father. The choice we make has two starkly different consequences. Jeremiah speaks to this when in chapter 17:5-6 he advises, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man and who depends on the flesh of his own strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6. He will be like an arare bush in the wasteland; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places in the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.” The arare plant produces a fruit that looks appealing to eat, but when you open it up you find it provides no fruit at all. The sap of the plant is a skin irritant and the juice is poisonous to both to humans and animals.
Heeding Jeremiah’s advice in verses 7-8 gives us a much better outcome. 7“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. 8 He will be like an acacia tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” The acacia tree has roots deep enough to withstand the desert heat and drought but also holds fast against the desert flash floods. It provides shelter and nourishment.
Are you in the desert today? If not, you will be soon enough. Remember to trust in the Lord and put your confidence in Him. He alone will bring you through, and He will teach you lessons along the way.
Summer is moving quickly! As we exit July and enter August, school is again on the radar screens of parents and students. Registration packets will be mailed out next week. Additionally, it is time to start thinking about athletic physicals and eligibility forms. Both are available on the MSHSL website, the CMCS website, and in hard copy form in the high school office.
As we prepare for another year, here are some dates to mark on your calendars:
August 11 - First day of soccer and volleyball practice (Physical forms are due prior to practicing.)
August 14 - Mandatory Athletic Meeting for parents and athletes (5:30 p.m. start time)
August 14 - Proactive Coaching Event (See website and CMCS Facebook for details)
August 22 - New Family Orientation - 6:00 p.m. followed by 4K-12 Back to School Open House at 7:00 p.m.
August 25 - Convocation kicks off the school year at 9:00. Noon dismissal (Busing in afternoon only)
It is our prayer that you enjoy a safe and relaxing conclusion to your summer. We look forward to seeing you again in August.