Everyone has thoughts about change: Winston Churchill stated that “to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
For those who remember him, Jimmy Dean said that “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Similarly, Martin Luther King said it is all about our desire and attitude, “if you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
Philosopher extraordinaire, Socrates is recorded as saying that“the secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
Perhaps Einstein sums it up by arguing that “the measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
Biblically, change is to be embraced. Followers of Christ are encouraged to passionately pursue Jesus and to let this change their life; ultimately becoming more like a reflection of Jesus as they walk in His footsteps (John 13, Ephesians 4 & 5).
Regardless of your opinion on change it is years like this where we realise, we have no choice but to navigate the consequences of change in our life. This year has been a year that has changed the way we view our world causing us to reassess what is most valuable: what we cannot live without and what we should not live without. As a school, I have seen it force us to realise that community is critical to providing the support for the initiative and strength required to traverse change.
The result of this support becomes evident in weeks like this week. As I write, rather than go back to their usual classes after exam block Years 7, 8 and 9 high school students are coming together to begin to produce RCC’s first short film that will celebrate life. Over the next four weeks they will engage in this project plus begin to build a community garden designed by their peers. How exciting! Primary students celebrated NAIDOC week this week by engaging in a variety of activities (you can see them on our Facebook page) and Years 5 & 6 students are finishing up a camp that should leave them sleeping for the entire weekend!
Henry Ford said, “If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said ‘Don’t change anything.’” All too often it is easy to rest on that which is working and not seek to be perpetually relevant and flexible to ensure we are connecting with and influencing our world for God’s good. Hence, it is wonderful to see that as a school we are continuing to enable initiatives that will authentically prepare our students to engage in their world whilst also pausing to celebrate the wonders of God’s creation that we should not forget.
So, my conclusion on change? It is best summed up by the Psalmist when he writes, “This is the day that the lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118). Let us make the most of every opportunity we are given, whether it appears to be one or not.