I am writing this week from the southern shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. A beautiful part of the world where the Blue Mountains of the Niagara Escarpment plunge into Lake Huron. This area north of Toronto was shaped by God’s hands through the work of glaciers and running water. Some of the resulting work of the Niagara Escarpment happened quickly in geologic time, to some of the oldest rock on the earth’s surface. Everytime I visit this area I am reminded that God’s beauty in nature and love of people is consistently at work: yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Concordia’s school year theme for 2018-2019 is Abide ... with Christ at the Center. What does it mean to abide? We’ll be exploring that idea all throughout the year, beginning with Christ’s words in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
One of the best things about summer is having more time to read. As my family can tell you, I like nothing more than to sit by the pool, on the beach, or on the porch on a beautiful day (or really anywhere!) lost in a good book. Summer vacations and books are inseparable in my mind.
Thinking back to my high school days here at CLHS from 2001-2004, the coaches are what helped to mold my life. Many of the memories I have from that time aren’t basketball related, but they are life lessons. Coach Reinking, Coach Eggold, Coach K, and Coach Holmes were all influential in my basketball career but even more influential in my development as a young man. Coach Tonagel and Coach Clark were just as influential to me at Indiana Wesleyan. Ingraining the phase “I AM 3rd” into my mind and creating a culture that if we want to be 1st as a team, we need to put ourselves 3rd individually. That means putting God and our teammates, 1st and 2nd.