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TCA Different By Design

August 19, 2019
By Mike Skaggs

At a pivotal point in the 2000 movie, The Legend of Bagger Vance, the title character, played by Will Smith, shares a word of wisdom with a young boy who is worried that his hero, golfer Rannulph Junuh, will not perform well the next day. When the child asks Bagger if he thinks Junuh can win, Bagger says yes, but only if “he can find his authentic swing.” 

Bagger goes on to explain to the boy that “inside each and every one of us is one true authentic swing.” He tells him it’s “something we was born with, that's ours and ours alone.”

At Trinity Christian Academy, we recognize that each of us is designed for God-ordained purposes that are truly “ours and ours alone.” In fact, our school’s sole reason for existing is to help students understand and fulfill that purpose in a four-way partnership between the student, our school, their family and the local church.

By now most of you know that our theme for the 2019/2020 school year is “Different by Design.”  We know God has a unique design for every child at TCA, and while we may not do it perfectly (in fact, I promise we won’t), our desire is to do our best to help each boy and girl discover their “authentic swing” and help them live out that purpose.

Additionally, I believe God has a purpose for our school as a whole, and part of that purpose is to reflect a different (is it okay if I say “better”?) way of doing school. In a world that makes academics a road to financial security, creative arts a means of self-glorification, and sports an idol, we believe that a school bearing the name of Christ can and should be different!

Bagger Vance also provides another truth we can’t afford to miss. After telling the child about the authentic swing within us all, Bagger warns that over time “the world can rob us of that swing and bury it inside us under all our woulda's and coulda's, and shoulda's.” 

May we all determine now that on May 21, 2020, when the school year is over, that we can look back and be proud of what God has done in and through us. Let’s live in such a way as to limit our “woulda’s, coulda’s, and shoulda’s” by being different and living according to our unique design. 

Have a great year!


“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10