From the Principal
Dear Covenant High School Community,
I am humbled and delighted to serve as your new principal. During this transition, I have been amazed and overwhelmed at the work of our sovereign God, as He has repeatedly demonstrated His faithfulness and Lordship in all areas of my life. Furthermore, the faithful planning and wisdom of the school board and Mr. Hannula have been a blessing that has made for a smooth transition.
As I officially begin work today [Aug 1st], I set time aside to reflect on our mission: “…to deepen our students’ relationship with Jesus Christ and prepare them for fruitful and joyful service to God and man.” The words “joyful service” are a glittering illumination in a dark culture. Modern culture predominantly views education as a means of self-achievement and accomplishment. In contrast, Covenant High School seeks to transform students to be like Christ so that they may serve others. C.S. Lewis once reflected on this distinction writing, “For the wise men of old, the cardinal problem of human life was how to conform the soul to objective reality, and the solution was wisdom, self-discipline, and virtue. For the modern, the cardinal problem is how to conform reality to the wishes of man, and the solution is a technique.”
With the first day of school quickly approaching, I am energetic and enthusiastic to work at a school that seeks to train students to serve others. That said, I know that this is no simple pursuit, as I am reminded of Martin Luther’s famous saying “Incurvatus in se”(Curved inward on oneself). Luther aptly points out that people are naturally unable to see beyond themselves. In other words, even when we think we are serving, we often have selfish motives that blind us. As a result, I find encouragement in John 15:5 when Jesus says, “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (ESV) Therefore, it is Christ and Christ alone who holds the key to teaching us joyful service to God and man, curving us away from ourselves.
As we embark on this voyage together, I look forward to talking with each of you, whether it be by phone, email, or a conversation in my office. While investing in students’ lives over the years, I have learned that the most lasting, significant influence on the student has always been when the family, school, and church work together to convey a consistent and clear embodiment of God’s Word. It is in this spirit that I encourage you to feel welcome to reach out to me in the coming days and throughout the school year, as we seek to achieve the mission of Covenant High School.
Mr. David T. Miller
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