When we are out on break, I always spend some time on campus working on things and tying up loose ends. The peace and quiet is nice, but the absence of kids gets old in a hurry. I like to tell people that when the break rolls around, I’m ready for the rest, but by the time it’s over, I am ready to see the kids again. When I stood up in chapel on Tuesday and told them “good morning”, and they responded as they always do, it seemed that everyone and everything was back in place, and I felt the excitement and anticipation of a new semester.
There was a movie back in the eighties that focused on the faculty of an inner city school, and the tribulations of a typical school year. I don’t remember many of the details except a line from one of the main characters as he had an epiphany near the end of the movie. “The students are not here for the school, the school is here for the students”, he stated. It is a simple point, and may seem obvious, but it is a profound statement and helps keep me focused on our mission. It’s not a job, it’s a calling. It’s not a business, it’s a ministry. They are not just students, they are God’s children.