A Parent’s Perspective on CLS: STAND by Kelly Welch
By Kelly Welch
The world we live in is a battlefield. Some days hold more battles than others, and as our kids grow we see their eyes also being opened to the realities of the fallen world we live in, as much as we try to shelter them from it. It’s a constant reminder of our need for a Savior. But as Paul writes, we must put on the whole armor of God, to be able to withstand against the wiles of the devil and after having done all, to STAND.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6:14-20)
This is our battle cry. And this is why we choose a Christian education, in an unapologetically Christian school, for our four children (elementary-middle school). To not only reinforce what is taught at home and at church, but to also inject further knowledge and training while in fellowship with other Christians, preparing them for the battlefield. To prepare them to STAND for truth, to STAND for righteousness, to STAND for the Word of God, to STAND for others, to STAND for their faith, quenching all the fiery darts of the evil one, to boldly STAND and share the gospel of Jesus Christ, and in the end…to STAND before the King. That He may say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
In a world where the enemy is trying feverishly to feed lies and deception with secular narratives of the world and of our history and of God’s purpose for man, we choose Christian Life School because biblical truths are immersed throughout the curriculum, showing how God has His hand in and is above all things.
I’m so grateful for the guidance and nurturing that the faculty and staff provide on a daily basis. I’m positive it’s not easy. I’ve seen their imprint on my kids as they live out their lives in faith. For example, the thoughtfulness and maturity of prayers I hear from my sixth grader, I know, is a reflection of how he heard his teacher pray back in second grade and has carried with him ever since; or how upper elementary and middle school teachers take opportunities when they arise to dive deeper into group discussion over God’s truths and how they impact the world around us. There is care, respect and transparency in the way they handle difficult topics, informing parents of what was discussed in class and also what was not, so that we as parents can decide how to best proceed with our child. One of my favorite things to see at CLS is walking into school on Friday mornings to see a room full of teachers immersed in group prayer before the school day begins. Praise be to God to whom all glory belongs!
Advancement of Christian Life School may take shape in many forms and fashions. I trust that God is at work and has a plan; I pray that we may continue to grow our school community, creating deeper fellowship amongst us, while continuing to arm our children for the battlefield, growing confident in their faith, increasing in knowledge and understanding and boldly leading others to Jesus. May God also stir our own hearts…to STAND.