This is my third year as CHESS’ Principal. To be precise, this fall semester of 2017 marks the fifth semester that I have been the Principal for CHESS. I make mention of this seemingly insignificant detail for good reason. This semester marks the first semester when the office, or at least I, was not running around unsure of what to do first and how to deal with all the information! The blessing of being able to start so smoothly is due to the tireless work of the CHESS office staff, Charity and Bryn, a countless number of volunteers, and the amazing teachers that have helped me personally through the last five semesters in ways that boggle my mind! I am also very thankful for the many families that have given of their time to help and who are willing to be patient with us.
Over the last three years, I have grown and learned many lessons. Foremost on my mind is how much good or damage someone’s words can cause - not only within the context of CHESS, but also at home, in the store, or just walking down the street. Our words can even affect people who we may not realize are within earshot. This is one reason why I have been talking with my leadership class about living our lives with a holistic mindset. Living holistically means living our lives for God - whether or not we are aware that others are watching - because there is One Who is always watching,
“For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he sees all his goings.” Job 34:21.
This is part of what it means to live a life wholly devoted Him. We seek to know Him and His ways, to love and serve Him whether others are around or not. This goal of sanctification is the reason CHESS adopted as its motto, Pursuing the Knowledge of God. We understand that this pursuit must not be just one of the mind but also a desire of the heart. At CHESS we seek to help train the minds of your students and to encourage their hearts to develop a desire to follow Christ - under the direction of their parents and their church leadership. If you have questions or are interested in more in formation about CHESS, please talk with me sometime.
– Matthew Aden