by Kathy Foldesy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Westside Christian Academy
“You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:24
The Classical and Christian pedagogy of teaching is most certainly grounded in the Trivium. Westside Christian Academy employs the brilliant methodologies of songs, chants, and repetition at the grammar stage and the spirited interactions of recitations, debates and discussion at the logic stage. All of which boast classical. Our teaching helps children become educated and that is excellent. For WCA, however, the most important part of this activity is the heart. Most earnestly, at the heart of this activity is Christ and our desire to worship Him.
Consider Colossians 2:24, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as if for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” As we seek to live in this way, our hearts are transformed. Seemingly insignificant daily tasks are truly divine offerings of worship to our holy God. Charles Spurgeon, a 19th Century theologian, writes in his classic devotional Morning and Evening, “The shop, the barn, the kitchen, and the workbench become temples when men and women do all to the glory of God! Then divine service does not take place for a few hours and in a few places, but all life becomes holiness to the Lord…” If we continue to help our children understand this Scripture, if we ask the Spirit to enlighten them, if we recognize that we have an opportunity to guide our children think Christianly, we have empowered to impact the world for Jesus Christ.
So often students study or complete projects to “get a good grade.” Seeking academic excellence is the desire to learn all that can be learned. We help our children focus on becoming educated, not simply earning a particular grade. Moreover, we point our students heavenward helping them grasp the principle that their work, their learning, is a way they worship God. Often students are asked, “If you weren’t getting a grade on a report card, what would be your motivation for striving to do your best? Would you want to use your gifts to honor the Giver of all good gifts, and therefore, work at learning wholeheartedly?” This is a challenge for all believers. We adults are faced with the same query in our work. We aren’t working for our boss, for our colleagues or for production. Our work is worship to the Lord.
What a privilege it is to honor God by returning to him with our works a manifestation of the gifts he has given us. What a delight it is to come alongside our children at home and at school and work wholeheartedly praising God in all we do. It’s so freeing not feel the pressure to perform. It’s exhilarating to know that the diligence with which I set about my tasks are a fragrant offing to the Lord. What a celebration it is to share the truth about worshipping God with our children. How wonderful is this opportunity to join together as we educate children to worship while they work.
Kathy Foldesy earned her B.S. Education at Cleveland State University. She is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and teaches Grade 8 Humanities, Algebra, Pre-algebra, and Literature 6. Before coming to WCA in 2000, she began her career in public schools teaching grades 4, 5, and 6, middle school mathematics, English as a Second Language and even pre-school. She also has extensive background in youth ministry and is currently serving as a tutor for Building Hope in the City.
This article was originally published in our Excelsior! monthly newsletter.