For a moment, picture a beautiful piece of art. It could be something hanging in a museum or on your mantle at home. The art itself could be a portrait, a landscape, or something abstract. Regardless of its category, the piece of art has value. Some of the value will be based on the name recognition of the artist. Another component will be based on authenticity, whether it is original or a copy, and how many pieces are in circulation. Regardless of those factors, it will always have value to the artist itself.
Each one of us is like a piece of art. The world is constantly looking to assign value to us. This may be based on our degree, our line of work, our income, or even our family name. Unfortunately, we can fall into the trap of allowing ourselves to be defined by those measures. We easily forget that the artist who created us is world renowned. When God created us, He made all of us originals. There are no two identical copies in circulation. Ultimately, He is the one who can truly appreciate our value as the artist.
This is at the heart of what we hope to communicate to each one of the children that walk through the doors and hallways of Trinity Christian School. During our chapel time this morning, our Grade 2 students talked and sang about being God’s image bearers and the gifts that God has given to them. They shared that they are athletic, artistic, kind, and caring. They declared in song that they are children of God.
What does this all mean? We find a great answer in Psalm 139, as David writes, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
All this points us back to the beautiful artistry of God who started to paint a unique masterpiece in our mother’s womb once we were conceived. The picture is still being completed, but each of our children (and us as adults) ought to know that they have infinite worth to their Creator and to their parents whom God used in this process. As such, we desire that each child is treated with dignity in our school and celebrated for the unique gifts and talents that God has given to them. We are so thankful that our worth does not change and is defined by our Creator and not our culture.
J-D Lussier, Principal