Caution: Protect Your Family and School

Written By: Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School

A healthy school culture is marked by the presence of several positive characteristics. These characteristics include, but are not limited to, encouragement, honesty, hope, trust, grace and several others. A healthy school culture is also marked by the absence of certain negative characteristics such as envy, greed, deceit and gossip. An unknown author penned these words…

“I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless; they cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody’s friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and ruin marriages. I end ministries set up by God. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartache and indigestion. I spawn suspicion and generate grief. I make headlines, headaches and heartaches. I make innocent people cry in their pillows. Even my name hisses.” – Author unknown

As I read over these words, their implications struck me afresh. The unknown author does not overstate the case. Gossip can destroy a life, a community, a school, or a church. It sobers me to think that this vicious enemy can even destroy The First Academy if we allow it to take up residence in our lives. God has blessed The First Academy with a positive school culture that has resisted the intrusion of gossip.

Today, I am asking you to join me in redoubling our efforts to create a positive school culture. Let’s decide that when we are tempted to gossip, we will resist. When others around us begin down that path, we will invite them into a different topic of conversation. Above all else, pray that God will protect us from the enemy (Satan), the one that delights in such destructive speech!

As a TFA family, let’s embrace the words of Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Let’s promise one another that the conversations in the carline, Starbucks, or anywhere else will remain excellent and praiseworthy. And let’s rejoice in the breath we breathe, in the sun that shines, in the salvation that we have through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let’s celebrate – God is good and to Him be the glory!

Steve D. Whitaker, Ph. D
Head of School