26 Jan On the Subject of Change…
by Betsy Kirk, MLCA Principal
We have experienced an unbelievable amount of change at MLCA in the past year. Probably not a single soul connected to our school would try to argue with that. So much transition going on that it seems as if it is our M.O., the unofficial theme of the 2016-2017 school year. Just to be clear, if anyone wonders how I feel about change, it can be summed up by a family joke in the Kirk household. Whenever the topic of change comes up in our house, we all chime in with the ready-phrase “Change BAAAAAAAAAD”, delivered in the style of Frankenstein’s Monster. I don’t even remember how it started, but nonetheless, that is my usual stance concerning change.
The dictionary describes transition as:
NOUN: The process, or a period of, changing from one state or condition to another: “a transition to multiparty democracy”
synonyms: change · passage · move · transformation · conversion progress · development · evolution · flux metamorphosis · alteration · handover · changeover · segue · shift · switch · jump · leap · progression ·
I would not disagree with a single syllable in that definition, OR the list of synonyms as a description of what has been happening at Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy. Normally, that would terrify me.
But here is what I know:
- God is in control of all things. He directs our paths, guides our way, and leads us through every step that we take. He tells us in Isaiah 43 verses 18-19, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” God has kept His promises and blessed our school. He has shown MLCA time and time again that he does indeed have a plan as he declares in Jeremiah 29:11; “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I rest easy in the knowledge that God is in control. I have seen firsthand that if you keep your eyes on Him, he will calm the storm and quiet the waves. I do not worry about the future.
- We have done the work. Yes, there has been a lot of change, but we have been intentional with every step we have taken. The school board recognized that we needed help, and they sought out that help. Rodney Marshall has facilitated growth in all of the areas that MLCA needed to stretch and strengthen and grow. We know who we are. We have narrowed our focus and defined our culture as a school. Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy is a delightfully rigorous, classical Christian school that molds and shapes the minds and spirits of all students to become what God has created them in Christ to be. There are new faces, new energy, and a newfound sense of purpose. We are no longer satisfied with being the “best kept secret in Keller”. Katherine Kramer is lovingly guiding the faculty and staff to a renewed understanding of all that is good, true and beautiful in the Classical Model. Teachers are bringing lessons to life and igniting the imagination and intellect of every student. The joy is palpable. I invite you to wander our halls and listen to the jubilant sound of students learning Latin, or addition facts, or phonics.
Einstein is quoted as saying that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If that is true, then change is truly necessary. Change brings about growth, and MLCA is ready. We have trusted God, we have done the work. And just like my favorite Chinese proverb about butterflies, we have learned, as the caterpillar does, that what the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning. Butterflies MUST struggle out of their chrysalis in order to strengthen their wings.
Change is hard. Transition is, as the dictionary states, a kind of metamorphosis. So when I look to the future of MLCA…I have hope. I don’t worry if the school will be around in 10 years. I have faith that our mission is on the solid rock of our Lord and Savior. We know who we are. We have done the work. We recognized the need for change, and now we are ready to fly.