As mentioned in the introduction, teachers are using the Wednesday early-dismissal times to continue to improve the integration of Biblical perspective into all we teach. In order to do this we are building on a model designed by the Prairie Association of Christian Schools who have identified several discipleship characteristics that we are seeking to instill in their students. These concepts and ways of living are called “Through-lines”. The “Through-lines” are meant to elicit a response to the question, “How now shall I live?”
The first one is entitled: God-worshippers. We are God worshippers when we are involved in regular and meaningful worship experiences. Glorifying and praising God is a joyful duty of being an image bearer. In fact, Christ says that if we don’t praise God, the rocks themselves will cry out. (Luke 19:40) And they do! Upon seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time, Hendrik Vonloon exclaimed: “I came an atheist – I leave a believer!”
Students understand that worshipping God is about celebrating who God is, what God has done and is doing, and what God has created. It is literally about standing in awe and wonder of knowledge of him and his promises. Students see this worship as a way of life.
God obviously takes delight in chickadees, giraffes and northern lights, but also wants us to delight in Creation. That’s one of the reasons why we teach – to draw attention to God’s creation and its wonder and weirdness. Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is!”
God gave us this world to enjoy, to play in, to explore. We worship God when we enjoy the delicate complexity of a butterfly wing and a tiny seedpod, or the immense awe of a sharp edged mountain ridge, and a towering thundercloud. We also realize, when we see this beauty how much God love us.
Together in community, we join in worship of our God.
Biblical references for more study: Colossians 1:10-14, Romans 12:1, 1 Chronicles 16:8-16, Psalm 34:3, Psalm 68:3, Acts 17:22-28, Colossians 3:11, 1 Samuel