I just returned from a fantastic four day retreat with our administrative team, board  members and their families. What a blessing it was to be able to 1) get to know some of our Veritas families better and 2) get away from the Tucson heat for a few days! If the time I spent in Greer was any indication, I am humbled by the honor and privilege that God has given me as your new Head of School to be working with such a kind group of people with servants’ hearts.

We brought our dogs to Greer with us. On the second day, our older dog jumped off a small stone wall and injured her leg. She was able to run around for the rest of the weekend on three legs, persevering and never complaining. I’m reminded of two different races after this weekend. In one of our devotionals, Christopher discussed the metaphor of “passing the baton” to me as a relay runner does in a race. Hebrews 12:1-3 states “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

I’m praying for our teachers, parents/co-teachers, and students as we prepare for our upcoming opportunities (I don’t like the word “challenges”). I pray daily that the Lord would give me what I need to adequately fulfill the responsibilities of this position. Perseverance is near the top of that list. May we all fix our eyes on Jesus as we look forward to the race marked out for us:  a Christ-centered school year at Veritas Academy of Tucson.

Running alongside with perseverance,

Michelle


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