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Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome

Grace and Peace to You…
 
Thank you for sharing an interest in the school that many have come to love. East Texas Christian Academy may be new to you, or you may have a solid understanding of her storied background. Regardless of the lens through which you see this school, it only seems fitting to greet you with the words of Paul as he wrote to the churches in Galatian, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae and Thessalonica. “Grace and peace to you!”
 

At ETCA our objective is to provide a warm smile, the right hand of fellowship, and a solid look at the blessings we have found in Christ. We strive always to LIVE like Christ, to LEAD our students like Christ, and to constantly LOVE like Christ. Looking toward 2019-2020, we are faced with various changes and challenges. Every year something new is on the horizon…every year! The changes may include new students (which we love to welcome), or it may be new teachers who bring fresh and exciting ideas. Regardless of the changes and the challenges, through it all we must keep our hearts focused on what’s important.  So…“What’s important?" 

Let me encourage you to look no further than the words of Paul as he wrote the book of Colossians.  Paul is encouraging the Christian to live like Christ. To ‘put on the new self’ (v. 10) and treat one another love.  He takes special care to address the relationship of the family as he speaks to mom and dad and the kids.  But notice his admonition in verse 23; “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.”  [The word ‘heartily’ actually means ‘sincerely’ or ‘completely.’]  When you go to work, work as though you’re working for God.  When you study your homework, students, study as though you were studying for the Lord.  As we come to appreciate this, it will adjust HOW we work, even as we face life’s challenges.

The story is told of a young lady who was telling her mother how ‘everything is changing;’ High School is SO HARD, her boyfriend broke up with her, and her best friend is moving away. Changes and challenges! All the while her mother is baking a cake. Midway through her daughter’s grumbling, mom asks if she would like a snack.  The natural response is, “Absolutely mom, I love your cake.”  “Here, would you like a spoon full of this cooking oil?” her mother offers.  “Yuck!” said her daughter.  “Then how about a couple raw eggs?”  Again, the daughter replied, “Mom? NO!”  Again, with another offer mom asks, “Would you like some flour then…or maybe baking soda?”  Exasperated the daughter replies, “Mom, those are all gross!” to which mom replies: “Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves, but when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!”

God works the same way.  Many times, we wonder why He would let us go through so many changes and challenging times.  But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good!  We must trust Him and soon, He will all make all things wonderful!

“Change and decay in all around I see. Oh, Thou who changeth not, abide with me.”  Work for the Lord and together we will welcome each day with His Grace and Peace!

Myron Bruce
Head of School
mbruce@etca.org