As we enter the heat of Texas summer, I am reminded of the simple joy of finding a good shade tree. You know, that sudden drop in temperature when you step out of the direct sunlight and into the cool protection of a healthy tree. What a relief! You can breathe better, think clearer, and work more effectively in the shade. You can enjoy the “good fruit” of the tree under its shade.
The Word of God compares those who trust in the Lord to a strong, productive tree in Jeremiah 17:7-8:
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (ESV)
Today’s culture in America has moved from a society based on Judeo-Christian values to one in strong opposition to these values. It has turned up the heat in a BIG way as the winds of culture swirl around us. We all feel it and, unfortunately, our children are the most vulnerable. Yet, we are called to actively “send out our roots” in search of Living Water (the Holy Spirit). How do we do that? How do we teach our children to do the same? The Scripture tells us that if we live according to the Word of God, we will bear fruit, the fruit of the Spirit. We must develop deep spiritual roots to withstand the heat, drought, and strong winds of this destructive culture. If our children are to be strong trees of refuge who live lives filled with the Spirit, they must also be deeply rooted in their faith. For our school community to encourage one another in our faith and be a light to those around us, together we must grow deep roots.
As the incoming Head of School, I have been praying about what God would have us focus on as a school community in the coming years. We faced unusual challenges over the last two years due to COVID. We have seen our community divided and disjointed as we were forced to separate into small groups and live life disconnected. Connectedness under the Lordship of Christ and growing deep roots of faith has rung true in my spirit over the past few weeks. We must never stray from the truth of God’s Word and we must intentionally reconnect as a community.
Let’s recommit to our mission and core values by growing deep roots.
Let’s recall the joy of living life as an authentic community of believers who bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s recultivate our relationship with the Lord and with each other so we remain strong under the heat of the world’s attacks on our faith.
I am blessed and humbled to be on this journey together. It is my privilege to be your next Head of School.
Kevin Mosley is the incoming Head of School for the 2022-2023 school year at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas. He recently served as Associate Head of School and previously served nine years as Upper School Principal. An innovative academic leader of 25 years, his record includes managing top-performing teams to cultivate student leaders and promote successful preparation for college and beyond. He is focused on engaging with students and educators in Christian schools and is committed to providing Christ-centered leadership through collaboration and transformational vision.
Legacy Christian Academy is Frisco's preeminent Pre-K through 12 Christian school committed to educating students in a college preparatory environment balanced in academics, athletics, and fine arts–all within the context of a biblical worldview. For more information on Legacy, visit our admissions page.