I value multipliers.  When I am designing my life, working with others to design our community, or considering the design of my day in my planner, I am looking for multipliers.

I believe multiplication is a spiritual principle. We reap what we sow. We look for a return. With grateful hearts, we steward what we have and share it. We don’t hide or build walls around our gifts. We open our hearts and offer what we have with generosity. These attitudes and choices multiply our joy and offer us a slice of heaven.

What is a Multiplier?

For example, what multiplies my time?

Time is my most precious resource. I am always working to maximize, conserve, and be intentional with my time. So, when I design for thriving, I often consider time multipliers.

Sleep and exercise multiply my time. Both clear my mind, help me rest and rejuvenate, and give me strength for the next climb. Recently, our office team has started trying to walk during the day. It isn’t super consistent, but when I get out for a 15min walk, my afternoon is more grounded, mindful, and productive.

Another example from our home, our cleaning lady multiplies my time with my children. Because I have help in this key area, I am able to connect with my children more meaningfully during my off-time.  This is a gift of grace for me and I am very grateful.

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Multiplying Our Gifts

As we design our school, we consider multipliers of our culture, our service, and our learning. Whatever we have, we want to share! We are enthusiastic about sharing, including, and serving. So, we don’t ever stop thinking about how to multiply.

Our teachers consider how to multiply and advance learning. For instance, we target teaching and learning in small group skills instruction. We integrate subjects in large units of study with authentic projects to engage learners in deeper learning, rather than another page in the textbook.

Multiplying Goodness

Our school’s roots are in faith, hope, and love. As we enter the Lenten season, consider multipliers of community:  eye contact, laughter, generosity, grace, and forgiveness. We can welcome the stranger, learn someone’s name (yes, I’m still doing that), and connect with kindness. The crosses on our heads remind us, the children lined up to receive, these are the signs of our kinship with each other. It is a big love. The cross is a multiplier.

And, despite our warts and wrinkles, we are grateful for the safety we are creating together, the fact that everyone is welcome, and the nourishment we share.

It is enough.

For the sake of the children,