As developing disciples of Christ, we want our students to become Order-Discovers; ones who find harmony and order in God’s Creation. In the subjects we teach, students should continually be in the practice of noticing God’s handiwork, His ‘Fingerprints’ on all he has created. Creation is ordered; not random or chaotic.
Psalm 19:1-3 states; The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
I believe that another important part of Creation where God has established order is in our relationships with each other, and with God as well. What does this order look like, and what does it mean for all of us?
I think we always need to keep ‘the greatest’ commandment we have been given by Christ in mind in all we do. This commandment found in Matthew 22:37-40 puts into order our priorities in our relationships.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
It is crucial that students continually learn what it means to love God and each other as the Bible instructs us. This sets an order that often flies in the face of worldly social orders and even playground ‘me, me’ attitudes and actions. Students need strong modeling from Christian adults in their world; including at school. If students don’t sense love as being the core commitment and motivation for what we do at school, then I’m afraid all the Through-line emphasis will not be readily taken to heart.
Students need to be loved, love God and others continually. They need to know this is the top priority, and that ‘who’ we become as disciples and ‘how’ we embrace the Through-lines is a way to ‘live out’ our love in this world.