Senior Legacy Project presentations, senior chapel, cap and gown honor walk through the elementary school, graduation rehearsal, setting the personalized legacy bricks, burying the class time capsule, setting up senior memory boards, faculty surrounding the graduates in prayer, and finally walking across the stage to receive the diploma. All of these events are celebratory markers signifying the end of a Cornerstone Prep student’s high school career.
From my vantage point during the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2019, hopes and dreams were reflected in the faces of the students as well as their parents who were sitting just a couple of rows behind. Pastor Rob McDowell challenged the graduates to “go write their story,” never forgetting who or Whose they are.
This idea of “going” brought to mind Glen Schultz’s book Kingdom Education, in which he uses the illustration of well-crafted arrows to describe the importance of training our children with purpose so they can be prepared to hit the intended mark in the future, or as Pastor Rob indicated, as they “go write their story.”
“The success out in the field depends a great deal on the condition of the arrows. Each arrow must possess three qualities if it is to prove useful. It must be straight. It must be balanced. It must be sharp,” (Schultz, pg. 63).
- The straight arrow - having a personal relationship with Christ and displaying the fruit of the Spirit with integrity.
- The balanced arrow - having “fletching” that has been measured and trimmed, sometimes from perseverance through adversity.
- The sharp arrow - viewing all of life through a biblical worldview, understanding and able to defend one’s beliefs.
Time, attention, and intention are required to craft an arrow that is straight, balanced, and sharp. It is our prayer that Cornerstone’s mission of “partnering with parents to build within their children a firm foundation of academic excellence and Christian discipleship” has helped craft arrows that, when released, will successfully hit their mark.We are honored to have had a small role in the lives of the Class of 2019, and we wish them the best as they “go tell their story;” may each of you hit your mark!
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Psalm 127:3-4 (NASB)