by Jeanette Faulkner
Words fail any attempted description of Granbury, Texas – beautiful among Texas cities, delightful as a recreation and entertainment getaway, people who are welcoming and fun. This doesn’t help Austin friends when I tell them I teach in Granbury. They just smile pitifully and say, “well, bless your heart”. Dallas friends seem incredulous and ask, “You mean Grand Prairie, right?” To the big city fellas, those of us who choose Granbury on purpose are peculiar, much like Christians are peculiar to people living outside Christendom.
The Bible says they are right.
However, we are a different kind of peculiar. Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, describes us in 1 Peter 2:9. The King James Version says it best:
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Although God’s word never changes, language does. Therefore, modern translations render “peculiar” as “chosen for His possession”. We are peculiar people in the midst of the blob of humanity. God always sets His children apart as His possession, and indeed blesses our hearts.
How does this relate to Grace Classical Christian Academy in Granbury? In the past year, two of Granbury’s leading residents told me they sense God’s hand moving here. Something eternal is afoot. They also think GCCA is right in the middle of the palm of His hand. Are you thinking what I am? “Yes! I sense that too!”
Those of us in the GCCA community are peculiar. We are odd to those who cannot understand why we’d send our children to this little portable with no cafeteria, gym, computers, or fancy playground stuff. How will these kids ever get into UT? Actually graduates from classical Christian schools have not only entered Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and other top tier schools; they’ve also graduated from them. That, however, is not the yardstick of peculiar people. The real measure is whether they graduated as the men of Issachar:
Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command. 1Chronicles 12:32
Truly peculiar people make a difference for God in their generation and bless the nations in which they live.
We are training our students to measure themselves not by worldly yardsticks, but by understanding how to think, move, and breathe in the real world of a chosen, royal, holy people who have been called out of the darkness of this world into the marvelous light of His kingdom here and now. Each week we will highlight how God is working in the midst of peculiar teachers and the children of peculiar parents. Hopefully, it will help you show friends that you are not sheltering your children from the “real world”; rather, you have chosen Grace because it is the real world.
Jeanette Faulkner teaches 7th Grade at GCCA.