As Christian parents, our desire is to nurture our children so that they may have a strong faith in Christ. We must help young minds and hearts to find the truth about the love, mercy and grace of God despite presenting circumstances.

A Christian School Community is committed to faith formation.

“Fatalism is the attitude that makes us live as passive victims of exterior circumstances beyond our control. The opposite of fatalism is faith. Faith is the deep trust that God’s love is stronger than all the anonymous powers of the world and can transform us from victims of darkness into servants of light.” [1]

Many educators become infected by a sense of fatalism. We readily agree with secular psychologists that children from troubled families will necessarily be troubled children.

We fatalistically assume that children from families who have experienced divorce, will be children who have difficulty forming relationships.

We can be fatalistic about the state of the world; every news bulletin tells us of conflict, anger, meanness and grief. We are constantly told about worsening economies, political unrest and impending disasters.

Fatalism leads to cynicism and then on to fear and hopelessness.

“Faith looks very different from fatalism. It is its radical opposite. Rather than displaying passive resignation, faith leads us to hopeful willingness… Trust in God allows us to live with active expectation, not cynicism. When we view life as a gift . . . given to us by a loving God . . . we remember that at the heart of reality rests the love of God itself. This means that faith creates in us a willingness to let God’s will be done.”

A faith that recognises the love of the Father, redemption through the Son and the presence of the Holy Spirit results in hope.

Faith causes us to see that the love of God brings hope because we know that God’s sovereign purposes are being achieved whether we are experiencing comfort or disappointment.

[1] Henri Nouwen