A Calling or an Assignment

Often times we use the term “A Calling” to refer to a position or place we feel God has put us. We can get frustrated with where we are because it may not be our “dream” or feel like it’s fulfilling our “purpose.” We begin this inner struggle or conversation with God about what He’s up to since His “calling” for me is not matching my desires, dreams or purpose.

I’ve realized that we, as Christians, are all Called to the same purpose: in Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus tells us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our “Calling” is to love God and love each other. Our “Assignment” is how we do that. Taking from the example in Nehemiah 3:28 … The people were told to rebuild the wall … They were told to go out of their homes and build what was in front of them.

That’s what we, as a high school faculty and staff, have committed to do this year … Build what is in front of us. We are called to love our God and love our students. We have committed to work as a team to fight off fear, anxiety and all other distractions that cause us to question or stray away from our collective Calling. We have committed to “building what is in front of us” … That’s our students!! Each and every day, we have the opportunity to speak life, encouragement and knowledge into our students.

Our prayer is that we won’t waste a single day this year of speaking life and encouragement into your son/daughter. We will challenge them, hold them accountable, and teach them responsibility and commitment. But most of all, we will love them.

What is your assignment? Maybe there is somebody in your life who needs you to speak life and encouragement into them … Together we can change lives!


In 1998, one year after the inception of SVC, Rod Markum was hired as the school’s Athletic Director. Under his leadership, the athletics program grew from very humble beginnings into what is now one of the most well-respected and successful programs in Orange County. In addition to serving as AD, Mr. Markum also spent his first eight years at the school in the classroom, teaching both High School History and Bible.

In 2016, he took the reins as the High School Principal. He is tasked with leading the academic, spiritual, athletic, and social direction of the High School, and guiding the faculty to meet the school’s goals. During his tenure, Mr. Markum has instituted several new programs, including a comprehensive service program (all High School students are required to complete service hours), advisory cohorts, and seminars (semester-long topical courses designed to give students the opportunity to explore areas of interest to them).

“I love what I do because I get to be a part of our students’ growth,” said Mr. Markum. “It’s a privilege to work alongside of our faculty and inspire students to reach for more than they thought possible.”

Mr. Markum holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. He is an ordained pastor. His wife, Shannon, is a long-time SVC High School teacher. The Markums have three children, all of whom are SVC Warriors (two alumni and one current student).

You may reach him at rod@svcschools.org.

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