Updated: Mar 31, 2019
This is the title of a recent blog by George Couros, a principal who writes “The Principal of Change,” a blog I love. In it, he talks about dreaming big and what it takes to get where you want to go even when the road is bumpy. I want to focus on the bumpy part.
In the wake of the recent scandal in higher education involving bribes for some wealthy students to gain admissions into elite colleges, I met with my students to check on their hearts.
While our students are young, they are not blind. They know what a fallen world we live in, and yet this scandal was concerning and even crushing for some. The thought of some students paying their way into college while others work so hard for their dreams, is a difficult pill to swallow for anyone. It took some down the road of “Where does it end, will professors take brides too?” one asked.
On the other hand, I saw a great measure of grit and determination as they shared their feelings and what they would do next. Most all of my students said that their self-respect was worth doing things the right way and honoring the Lord really mattered to them. I let them share, vent and encourage each other. I hope you have or will give your students the opportunity to do the same.
And what about you? Initially, I faced similar feelings my students shared; throwing my hands in the air when this news first broke. I felt let down and yet determined! In the end, our job, our duty is to admonish students to honor God in their efforts, do their very best and make sacrifices for their future.
The road to the kind of success that brings self-respect and honors God is bumpy!! In John 16:33 Christ himself told us, in this world we will have trouble. But He immediately admonishes us to “take heart. I have overcome the world!” The etymology of the word “heart” is soul, spirit, will, desire; courage; mind, intellect. I believe with this statement Christ was preparing us for the road ahead, telling us to “stay the bumpy course, don’t give up, don’t lose heart!”
TOOLS: Here are some questions and truth to consider, as you and your students ponder this bumpy road together. Your relationship, your influence matters.
Questions to ponder:
· How does this controversy make you feel about your future?
· What questions does this raise in your mind about your personal journey ahead?
· Will this impact how hard you will work to get where you want to go?
· Should you play by the rules? Why or why not?
· If you win by cheating, what have you won and what have you lost?
· What do