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July 5, 2016

Lubbock is getting bigger and better?

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Lubbock is getting bigger and better?

I was just told the other day that Lubbock is now one of the top 100 largest cities in the United States. Whether this is true I am not sure. The guy who told me is usually right on and I cannot imagine him joking about this. So we will go with it. There are certainly signs of our “bigness” – lots of new businesses and lots of Lubbock homes for sale. And it seems that the Starbucks I frequent is busier than usual.

But does bigger make us better?

Will this growth affect the smaller city charm we once had?

Are we doomed to become the Dallas of the West with all of its crime and traffic (I am being rude about Dallas – it’s really not that bad)?

Anyway, I keep thinking about Lubbock’s expansion – new neighborhoods with new and pretty and huge homes for sale in Lubbock and I can’t decide if I want this to be the case.

When does a city get too big?

Is there a tipping point when a city starts taking itself too seriously?

Do we have the roads to handle the new population boom?

Will I have to wait at two lights to get through an intersection?

Will it take more than 15 minutes to get all the way across town?

Will prairie dog town be destroyed in favor of humans?

What quaint local stores will be forced out in favor of Pottery Barn?

Will the crappy mall we all embrace become set aside for an outdoor shopping experience that will wow us?

Will new houses and new businesses actually block the 50 mph dust-filled winds that we all choke on day to day?

 

Are there enough homes for sale in Lubbock?

I don’t know if anyone else is wondering these things. But I am. Let me know if you think is a concern of yours. I’d love to find out how others are viewing the booming South Plains. One thing is for certain and another is silly – We are blowing up in size and we will probably end up like Shanghai or New York. I’m just glad we have an Uber service and two La Madeleines.

February 5, 2016

Young Legends: Sparta versus Pre-K

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How can you prepare someone to be a legend?

Can you tell if your child is going to be legendary when he/she grows up?

What can you do to produce and develop legends from a young age?

I think about how the Spartans of old would begin developing their kids for legend status from the moment their babies came out of the womb – I consider the difficult tasks they pressed onto their children so they could see if fear or fire would win the days.  The fearful were usually dealt with severely and the brave were celebrated.  The Spartans built fighting machines who would stand next to their brothers in war and who would win battles against foes they should never have defeated.  The Spartan armies are legendary but whenever I think of their harsh teaching methods I wonder if that style should ever be copied.

I get the pleasure of working for a Lubbock Pre K (and Lubbock Kindergarten) and after seeing how they run the school as a training ground for kids, I am struck by the thoughts, “Could these children become legends after attending a private school like this?” and “Does it even matter if they become legendary?”

This Pre K in Lubbock does not treat their children harshly.  This Pre K does not drop near impossible tasks onto the paths of their students.  This Lubbock private school does not just celebrate the fearless and forget the fearful.  This school is not even aiming to make legends – at least not in the traditional sense.  This Christian school is there to educate students and to help develop them into Christian disciples (as most private Christian schools do).  They do this with compassion and care for each young person who signs up to be a part of their population.  The teachers and administrators model justice and love and help the kids follow in their footsteps.

You see the stark difference here, don’t you?

The Spartan model versus the American Pre-K through 12th grade model leads me to wonder – what would be better?

It’s true that Spartans were tough and nearly unstoppable as warriors.  It’s also true that there are many kids in our current culture being brought up as entitled, Youtube addicts.  But does this make the Spartan way the better way?

I would admit that most public schools are churning out lazy techno-heads, but I make the argument that private Christian schools which actually promote an active Christianity are making more legends than would a Spartan way.  Following Jesus is no joke – Just look at Paul and/or the martyrs to see that you have to be extremely tough.  You have to accept rejection and external hate as a way of life.  You have to die to what you want to do and accept God’s will without negotiation.  You even have to be willing to turn your back on how this world does its thing and suffer to the death for the truth of the Gospel.

This Lubbock Pre-K and Kindergarten (as well as all the others in the U.S.) are making legends  as they show children how to slowly grab hold of the Jesus model for making legends – one of self-sacrifice and supernatural power.  I have seen proof of their success in my nephew who went has taken on this sort of Christianity.  I have seen evidence of serious discipleship from his friends who grew up at the same school.

I didn’t think I was going to do this when I first started this blog, but I’m going to have to give the legend-preparation award to Private Christian Schools.  They develop warriors who do battle in this world and in a world beyond this one.  That’s a pretty big deal to me…

 

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