“And Jesus grew …” (Luke 2:52)
Three subtle, yet, o so powerful, words.
Luke goes on to tell us that Jesus grew “in wisdom, stature and in favor in God and man.” (Luke 2:52)
In other words, God didn’t just show up out of the box. He became one of us and … grew. In other words, Jesus – “God with us” – was five, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, seventeen and twenty. He walked the walk. He experienced growth pains. He became bigger in mind, body and soul.
So, our challenge this year is to grow as He grew – “in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man.”
Are we ready to grow?
It is not as easy as one might think. In fact, many of us are unconsciously wired with a tendency to not grow. We may have what is called a fixed mindset – a way of looking at life and learning from a solidly unbending point of view. “I am who I am and that’s that!” Our challenge for you, your children and ourselves this year is to leave that closed mind behind and lean into more of a growth mindset where challenge is an opportunity, effort is to be praised and mistakes are essential to learning.
[By the way, if you are quick to assert that you do not have a closed mind … you have a fixed mindset.]
For more on this mission-critical topic, I refer you to Mindset by Carol Dweck, a clinical psychologist from Stanford University. Our entire faculty and staff read this energizing book over the summer and we are more ready than ever to practice growth principles in the classroom and on the playing field. We invite you to join us. After reading the book, I guarantee you’ll see parenting from a new, invigorating perspective.
Take a look the graphic capturing this year’s theme:
Sense the intentional, directed energy of our goldfish for God as it leaps from one bowl to another, from a smaller bowl to a larger bowl, from last year’s grade to this year’s grade, from outside to inside Little Rock Christian.
Goldfish are known to grow in proportion to their environment. A larger bowl provides more opportunity for growth. Big bowls can breed bigger fish. The beauty of our bigger bowl this year is that it is marked with the sign of Jesus – the Cross. As we grow in proportion to our bowl, we recognize that our Jesus bowl is Jesus big. Every day, at Little Rock Christian Academy, we will challenge ourselves to grow Jesus big and to encourage your children to grow Jesus big – “in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man.”
Come, take the leap with us. It’s time to grow into a bigger bowl – God’s bowl.
Gary B. Arnold
Head of School