New Directions

Comfort During Change

July and August tend to get filled with the busyness of spending time with family and friends doing the wonderful things that we don’t always have time for when school starts. At the same time it gives me time to pause and wonder about things that I don’t always have time to wonder about. This summer I have been reflecting a great deal on the topic of change.

This is inevitable considering I have packed up all of the things I believe to be important in my life in Chatham and moving them into a new house in the Guelph area in order to take on the principal position here at Guelph Community Christian School. My wife and I have both started new jobs in brand new school communities. At the same time we have been trying to discover the new rhythms of life as we become empty nesters this fall as all three of our children will be living in different places than our home starting in September.

On a school level, our students are looking at starting in a new class this September with new teachers and new classmates. Our teachers are going to have to learn a whole new set of names and discover the unique gifts of these students. This will all be happening in an educational climate around the world where we keep hearing that learning opportunities must change in order to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

On a grander level yet we can’t help but wonder about house prices, potential raising of interest rates, changes in the job market, and world leaders that are doing and saying things that make us pay more attention to the daily news cycle than we have before.

What a comfort then to be reminded through the words of Hebrews 13:8 that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.” Jesus never promised that our lives would not be filled with change. Our students will be faced with many changes this coming school year that will challenge them, help them grow, and fill them with a nervousness that at times may seem overwhelming. At the same time, we as a staff and as parents will be able to remind them of our school theme for this year that Christ will not change. He will always walk with them through their highs and their lows. He will always forgive them when they have sinned. He will always provide us with what we need–even if it takes time for us to notice. He will never leave our side.

What a blessing to share these truths with our students here at GCCS every day.

Marvin Bierling