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Christmas Greetings

December 18, 2013
By John Morrison

I have enjoyed writing my weekly blogs this school year and am very encouraged by the response.  Thanks for your encouragement!

While we all are looking forward to the change of pace represented by the holiday, I want to express deep gratitude to our Lord Jesus for His on-going blessing on our school community and his continued provision in making this ministry possible.  I had the opportunity to visit with a life-long educator this past week, and in speaking with him was reminded of how richly blessed we have been over the years at GCS.  We also are so encouraged with the feedback we are receiving from many of our graduates and realizing, in the long haul, the investment of our time and energy in our young people is well worth it!  To God be the praise!

I pray that each of you – each set of parents and all of our students, grandparents, and friends of GCS – will enjoy a safe, warm and restful holiday.  Blessings to you, in Christ!

John Morrison

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

                                                                                    Isaiah 9:6

If you would likte to respond to this article, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

Preparing the Road for the Child or the Child for the Road? Part 2

December 11, 2013
By John Morrison

In my last blog, I cited the Wall Street Journal article with Bob Funk entitled “Where the Jobs Are—and How to Get One” (Sept 21).  Funk, president of America’s fifth largest employment agency, says that only one in six of his applicants passes his agency’s scrutiny for being eligible to be placed in a job.

Funk observes that too many of the young millennials who come knocking on his door view a paycheck as a kind of entitlement, not something to be earned.  He adds that many tend toward a “trendy concept of ‘life-balancing’ in putting work second behind leisure.”

In Funk’s view, “there’s a prevalent attitude of a lot of this generation of workers that the government will always be there to take care of them.  It’s hard to get people to take entry-level jobs when they can get unemployment benefits, health care, food stamps and the rest.”

But this mentality begins so often in our homes and schools, where parents and educators so often have forgotten that children must learn the all-important lessons of personal responsibility and initiative.  Sometimes, failure and consequences are life’s best teacher, even though painful. 

Let me be quick to point out that there must be an affirming environment of love and encouragement if it is to be considered a truly Christian education.  But as James Dobson has pointed out, sometimes “tough love” is the deeper love if it teaches the child to be responsible for his decisions and attitudes, rather than the shallow, pseudo-love that tries to minimize the child’s being stretched and protects him or her from consequences resulting from poor choices.

May God help us as parents and educators, especially in the context of our swimming against the powerful current of a rapidly declining culture, to strike a healthy balance in affirming and loving our children while at the same time preparing them for the reality of the very bumpy road that awaits them as adults.

If you would like to respond to this article, please email John Morrison at grace@gcswarriors.org.

Preparing the Road for the Child or the Child for the Road?

December 03, 2013
By John Morrison

In a recent Wall Street Journal interview entitled “Where the Jobs Are - and How to Get One” (Sept 21), Bob Funk, president of America’s fifth largest employment agency, makes some penetrating observations concerning the state of our young adult culture: “The primary jobs problem today is that too many workers are functionally unemployable because of attitude, behavior or lack of the most basic work skills.”  One discouraging statistic is “that only about one of six workers who comes to [our employment agency] makes the cut…one in four applicants can’t even pass a drug test.

Funk adds, “In my 40-some years in this business, the biggest change I've witnessed is the erosion of the American work ethic … showing up on time, being conscientious and productive in every task, [and] showing a willingness to get your hands dirty….If low-level employees show a willingness to work hard, most employers will gladly train them with the skills to fill higher-paying jobs.”  

Where do future workers learn such character qualities?  Most importantly, they should learn them in the home.  Secondly, they should be reinforced within their educational environment where they must learn to work diligently to master fundamental academic skills along with the responsibility of completing homework and projects independently and on time.  They can also learn the ethic of commitment, perseverance and being a team player in the context of sports and other extra-curricular involvements.

This may seem an over-simplification, but we see an increasing tendency in our culture, when it comes to the training of our youth, to attempt to prepare the road for them rather than preparing them for a sometimes bumpy and difficult road.  Indeed, when tempered with loving grace, stretching our children, sometimes beyond their comfort level, is one of the best means for preparing them for life’s challenging road.  Many of our Grace alumni thank us after they have moved on into the world of adult responsibilities for being stretched while students in our school!

 

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