Preparing the Next Generation of Little Superheroes
As we continue to get ready for the 2018-19 school year, thoughts of superheroes continue running through my head. I mean, if you really think about, nothing does a better job of embodying the theme “Be Strong, Be Brave, Be Fearless” like a good old-fashioned righter of wrongs.
Wonder Woman is strong, brave, and fearless. So is Superman. But, for every superHERO there is usually also a superVILLIAN: an equally powerful and well-equipped being who tends to do all the things a hero would never do. For every Wonder Woman there is a Circe and for every Superman there is a Lex Luthor. This made me think: if Zion was the “hero”, what would her villain look like.
Zion Lutheran School has six fundamental truths that serve as the foundation for everything we do here: servanthood, responsibility, resolution, cooperation, respect, and affirmation. So, if we are building the perfect opponent, we are looking for the polar opposite of everything Zion stands for: a place where self-service, irresponsibility, indecision, division, disdain, and denial are commonplace.
Remind you of any place in particular? I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to turn on the TV nowadays without coming face to face with this “Bizarro” approach to everyday life.
The great thing about Zion is that these cornerstones are not just fancy words we throw around to impress people. Our wonderful staff lives these truths and model them for our students every day. Our students are given daily opportunities to understand and apply these truths to their own lives and the lives of others. LHS has a mission of “preparing the next generation of Christian leaders”. I guess we play an integral role in that mission, as we provide that first step for all our little superheroes and that’s pretty super…girl (or man).