Guest Post by Mike Lenick, BCS Staff.
There is an old poem from southern Spain that goes like this:
Dale limosna, mujer
Que no hay en la vida nada
Como la pena de ser
Ciego en Granada.
Roughly translated it means, “Give him alms, woman, for there is nothing sadder in life than being blind in Granada.”
I have been to Spain. I have seen Granada. It is wondrously beautiful. Surely I can agree with the author of the poem that a blind man in that city is to be pitied. The same sentiments come to mind when I think of those that will never get the opportunity to know you: They are to be pitied.
I truly count myself as lucky to have been among you these past two years. I’ve shared tons of memories with you that will keep me chuckling to myself for many years to come. I have learned much from you, and I am humbled that you allowed me to enter into the BCS family. But as it goes, there are times that we must move on and say goodbye, and pursue the things that God has called us to. Perhaps my seniors know these feelings best of all.
As I depart BCS I wanted to impart a few last thoughts, both to my students and to my fellow staff workers. Believe me, the difficulty in writing this last Logic article is deciding on what to include. I have so many things I’d love to share with you, including lessons I’ve learned from you, ways in which I’ve seen you grow, and even things I wish I could do differently if I could. I suppose time is of the essence, however, so off we go.
Ecclesiastes 12:1,13 tells us:
“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, ‘I have no pleasure in them…’ The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
Whether you students realize it or not, though you feel like you are on your way to adulthood, you will be considered “youth” for some time to come. But oh how quickly those days will pass away. It is natural to want to maintain your youth. I don’t think anyone is required to grow up immediately. Maturity comes through time and experiences. The first lesson, then, is that while you continue to grow, remember your Creator. Whatever experiences come your way, whether they are in first quarter of 9th grade, last semester of college, or your final year at grad school and beyond, God is behind every aspect of your life.
Secondly, look at how simply the passage summarizes the life you should live: Fear God. Keep His commandments. My hope is that you don’t live a complicated life of faith. As teachers we teach a ton of material. Students (hopefully) learn much of it. But we can’t possibly be expected to teach and learn all things well. If that’s true, it follows that God’s ways are beyond worthwhile to focus on in order to live a blessed and significant life.
For my last thought, I wanted to remind you that I entitled my very first Logic article, “You Are My People Now.” I met you all at a time of transition in my life. I say goodbye to you in the same way. Oh, how proud I am of who you students have become. How blessed I am to have worked with you fellow teachers. To put it simply, you are still my people. You always will be. May you be mighty in this land.
To my 10th grade: It’s been a wild ride. Thanks for the madness. Fail in the right direction.
To my seniors: Congratulations Class of 2017. Go get ‘em.
To my BCS family:
I am humbly yours,
P.P.S. Keep a sharp eye out for elephants that look like African lions…