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Polished Concrete

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I was at the new building for a meeting yesterday and I saw them working on the concrete floors. These floors were poured a while ago. They have layers of dust, dirt, and whatever falls on the floor in a construction site. In many construction sites, carpeting is laid over top and cover up the nastiness. We will be doing some of that, however, in a large portion of the building, we are simply polishing the concrete. I had to get an education on this, but basically the worker takes a sander with a concrete blade and just goes to town. He grinds, chips, and etches away all the grime, dust, and nastiness. When they are done, they put this really cool polish on it and wahbaam, you have a gorgeous floor. You see the concrete in all its glory. You see the concrete for what it is really supposed to look like.

Watching this process reminded me of sanctification, the process of becoming more and more like Jesus. We are the concrete and Jesus grinds, chips, etches away at us. Because of the cross of Jesus, the grime and nastiness is washed away and now we look like him. I find it interesting that in this whole project, every step we take, we can see comparisons to our walk with Jesus. Even the work the construction workers do every day in some way reminds me of our work as teachers, parents, and Christians. Christian schools are not perfect places. We are in the process of polishing our students. It is a process that takes a lifetime. We are grinding, scraping, and etching the hearts and minds of our students and it doesn’t look pretty all the time. But this is what it takes as we pursue the important task of building hearts and minds for Jesus Christ. When we walk in the doors of the new building in a few months, the floors will look glorious. It reminds me of the day when we walk into Jesus’ arms and because of his great sacrifice, we will be glorious as well.

Thanks for your continued prayer for our students. Pray for their polishing. Pray for their hearts and minds. Thank you for all you do for the kingdom.

Remember that our next tour is Saturday, April 28, at 10:00 am. A lot has changed since our last tour and it will be fun to see.

Lance is a 1995 graduate of Illiana. He is currently the Vision Director and Director of Spiritual Development at Illiana. He and his wife have two daughters who attend Crown Point Christian School. They live in St. John, IN, and are members of Faith Church.
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