The Simpleness of Monotony

"Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we."
-G.K. Chesterton

This time of year when we are all going a million different directions at breakneck speed, it’s tempting to overlook or rush through the simple routine items; however, it’s in these times we need to exult in the monotony in order to appreciate the little blessings of life.

In Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors, she writes about seeking God in the day-to-day activities of life like folding laundry or making dinner or cleaning up toys. It’s during those times she remembers to slow down and think about each blessing in her life.

I’m so thankful to be reading her book at this season in life because things at the Collier household have been a little chaotic lately. Instead of just folding a basket of laundry as quickly as possible, I’ve tried to make folding my one year old daughter’s shirt a different experience, pausing to thank God for the blessing she is to our family— to thank Him for her laughter, her curiosity, and thank Him for the way she gets excited seeing a bird outside the window. The monotonous task of folding laundry has taken on a whole new meaning for me, making it something I enjoy rather than dread.

The same idea of slowing down and thanking God naturally lends itself to our work here at school as well. As busy as we are, there are so many routine, monotonous tasks we do each day and rather than drudge through them, we should use those times to be reminded of the blessings in our lives and thank God of all the great things here on Mustang Mountain.


  • Matt Hall did an outstanding job this week organizing chapel. Both Mr. Hall and Coach Cash were able to connect with our students and really help them and encourage them in their spiritual walk.

  • Check this out! What a great experience for our art students thanks to Chelsea Baber.

  • We an fun time last night at our annual Evening at CAC. It was great honoring Hal and Sonya Gates for their service to CAC, and it was also great to recognize Russell Quattlebaum and Mark Hodges for all the years they served as volunteers for CAC football and basketball games. Chad Tappe and Rachel Brackins worked like crazy organizing the event and getting everything ready. Also, thank yous are in order for Lisa Lancaster, Sonya Gates, Richard Burton, David Mauldin, and Kevin Lloyd for working so hard to set up the atrium and transform that space for our event. Also, a big thanks goes to Ian and Jenna Thomas for setting up the auditorium and making sure all the A/V worked just right. We had MANY hands working yesterday, but we pulled it off and every did an awesome job!

  • Update on the CAC March Madness Tournament Challenge

Upcoming Events
  • Friday, April 5
    • ACT Aspire Interim #3 testing window deadline (grades 6-9 ENG, MA, HIST, and SCI)
    • Week B for 7th & 8th grade 4th period rotations
  • Tuesday, April 9
    • Spring Sports pictures (during school day)
    • Cheer Clinic (after school in gym)
  • Wednesday, April 10
    • Faculty Meeting— Day of Service Info (7:30 AM; library)
    • Mustang Missions Spirit Day ($2 or more donation for Day of Service)
    • General Music Performance at Elementary Campus (10 students) 8:00-9:30 AM
    • Day of Service Chapel (Representatives from Organizations)
    • Cheer Clinic (after school in gym)
  • Thursday, April 11
    • 8th Grade Reality Fair (atrium)
    • General Music Performance at Elementary Campus (10 students) 8:00-9:30 AM
    • Family Chapel Day
    • Faculty Lunch Provided by 9th Grade Parents
    • 7th-12th Grade Cheer Tryouts (after school in gym)
  • Friday, April 12
    • Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy (7:30-9:30; Choir Room)
    • DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Day
    • HS Band Elementary Tour (all day)
    • State Choral Festival Performance for HS Choir
    • Week A for 7th & 8th grade 4th period rotations
    • Varsity Cheer Tryouts (after school in gym)
  • Saturday, April 13
    • Lights Up Spring Tour Leaves (Dallas)
    • ACT Testing (8:00 AM- 1:00 PM)
  • Monday, April 15
    • 6th Grade Leaves for Space Camp
    • ACCESS Gators Chapel
  • Tuesday, April 16
    • 8th Grade Field Trip— College Tour at UCA; 8:00 AM -3:00 PM
    • Chapel: Day of Service Service Project Meetings (rooms, rosters, and informational checklists will be provided)
  • Wednesday, April 17
    • 6th Grade Returns from Space Camp
    • 12th Grade Civics Field Trip (all seniors). 8:00 AM -3:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 18ACCESS Gators Track Meet / Day of Service
  • Friday, April 19
    • No School (Good Friday)
  • Tuesday, April 23
    • Senior Night— Soccer/Track
    • 8th Grade Parent Meeting (evening)
  • Wednesday, April 24
    • Faculty Meeting— Aspire Testing Information (7:30 AM; Library)
    • APUSH Field Trip to Clinton Library
  • Thursday, April 25
    • Final Family Chapel Day
  • Friday, April 26
    • ACT Aspire Summative Testing (Grades 6-9)
    • No School for Grades 10-12
    • Parade of Dates
    • JR/SR Banquet

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.

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Responsibilities for the Week of April 8-12
  • Cafeteria AM— J. Wilhite
  • Cafeteria PM— L. Noble
  • Parking Lot AM— A. Kyle
  • Parking Lot PM— J. Thomas
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall— Open (volunteers needed)
  • Chapel
    • Monday— J. Thomas
    • Tuesday— J. Thomas
    • Wednesday— Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Family Chapel
    • Friday— STUCO chapel (L. Noble)

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Check the cheat sheet for the full duty schedule.

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