I am so honored to have been selected to take over the reins at Coastal Academy and follow in watering the seeds that Grace DiPasquale planted in her tenure as our leader. I am so excited for the families that God has brought to Coastal and I know that none of you are here by accident! It was divinely ordained. It is my fervent prayer that all we do this year will be done to the glory of God.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
I challenge you to approach your homeschooling this year with a desire for excellence. Not a desire for excellence as the world sees it. Not to read more books than the other kids in the neighborhood or be able to skip a grade so you can brag to your sister-in-law who criticizes you all the time for being crazy to homeschool your kids. But I’m speaking of a desire to seek after the excellence that God desires for each of us. We are to do all things heartily as unto the Lord. (Col 3:23) Let’s not settle for “good enough.” Let’s push our kids to learn just one more spelling word, to rewrite that paragraph one more time to make it clearer, to be able to say those multiplication tables a few seconds faster each day, to take a few more minutes practicing for that piano lesson after they say they want to quit. Let’s shoot for excellence so that our kids will be prepared for anything that God brings into their lives . Let’s not limit our children by just being satisfied with what is easy to do, but let’s teach them to push themselves just a bit harder. Let‘s help them to be prepared for the challenges that life will bring and be able to rise to meet them.
Our goal as Christian parents is to raise up our children to love the Lord and to serve Him all the days of their lives. We want them to be able to share the gospel message with everyone that comes into their lives. It is our job to help prepare them for that mission. They need to learn how to write well to explain the joy of the Lord to people. They need to be able to speak well and clearly explain God’s goodness. They need to learn how to diligently solve problems to show the world that God is a God of order and logic. And they need to use the talents that God has given them fully as a testimony to God’s amazing creation.
God has given us all so much! Let’s not waste it by being satisfied with the mediocre! Let’s teach our children to honor God by preparing themselves for wherever God wants to use them. Let’s not be like the third servant in the Parable of the Talents who buried his talents and was rebuked by the Lord as being evil and lazy. Let’s use our talents fully for the glory of God!!
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
This is a collection of the reflections our principal, Susan Truman submits to our monthly newsletters. She is married to her college sweetheart and is a mother of three. She graduated two of her children from Coastal with her third child attending a special needs school.