This past summer I caught my kids staring at something on the driveway. They were watching a tiny ant carrying a crumb at least 5 times its size. They were in awe of how such a tiny creature could carry such a heavy load. A little research on Google informed me that ants can carry up to 20 times their weight! We watched the ant move toward the anthill near the road. Trip after trip, ants carry food, working together through consistent forward progress. Each tiny trip back to that anthill seems insignificant, but they work faithfully as part of their community- each with their own job. Creating an anthill becomes the collaborative work of a community over a long period of time. Ants teach us the value of hard work together; they operate in unity, with a shared purpose and goal, embodying what I’d like to call “ant power.”
A couple of weeks ago our entire staff met for professional learning together during our early release day. The “ant power” was evident throughout the room. Through our laughter and community building, it was clear that this team is dedicated to serving every student at HCS. Their willingness to learn and grow as members of a community brought me excitement and gratitude for HCS.
As a new member of the community at Hudsonville Christian, I so clearly see how God is using each staff member as they serve faithfully here. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many staff members to learn about the work they do, their love for their students, and their desire to learn and grow as professionals. I’ve seen how hard they work as members of this community, and how they strive to help all students know that they belong here as part of HCS, and ultimately as members of God’s Kingdom. Most importantly, I’ve seen their “ant power”- their work done faithfully each day toward a common goal and purpose: challenging minds and lives for Christ. I’m thankful to be a part of this community, and thankful for you as we partner together in this Kingdom work!
Jen Rysdam, Curriculum Director