A Drive for Diligence in December

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NASB)

Abigail Adams said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” Thanksgiving break has just ended and Christmas is around the corner, and at this time of year we can lose focus on the importance of being diligent in our studies. We should be diligent in our studies during this short two weeks of school before Christmas because God calls us to do everything to the best of our ability for His glory and to honor those in authority. We have been given a great opportunity to study at a school that invests in its students. The diligence we learn in school will prepare us for the future God has set before for us. But what is diligence and how can we apply it? Diligence is focusing and directing one’s attention on a particular subject or activity with the purpose of accomplishing it with excellence. We can do this by completing a big project for class or by practicing your verse, sport, or music every day. But why should we be diligent about our school work?

We are made in the image of God for a purpose and that purpose is to glorify God with our actions. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul said, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” and nothing we do is exempt from this command. If we are doing everything to God’s glory it seems to follow that we should do it with excellence because He is worthy of no less. After all he is God. So doing our school work with the mindset and goal of glorifying God should motivate us. We should be honored by the fact that we are able to learn, work, and worship for His glory.

We should also be diligent in our work because authority figures like our teachers have asked us to. God has put them in place over us for a reason and we have been blessed with teachers who have our best interests at heart. Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls.” By being diligent in class and on your homework you are honoring those in authority by respecting the time and effort they invest in us. If we chose not to be diligent we will not prepared for the tasks God has placed before us. In addition, the work you have not completed and your new assignments and activities will pile up around you. Allowing work to pile up around you will tempt you to procrastinate and put off work even more. Diligence sets you up for success in the future, especially in high school. We must learn diligence before we leave for college when our parents and teachers will not be there to tell us how and when to do our work. The diligence we learn now will prepare us for the future.

Lastly, the education we are receiving is a tremendous blessing. When we are diligent we are seeking after and absorbing the knowledge we are given and this can help prepare us to defend truth, goodness and beauty. In 2 Corinthians 5:20, Paul reminds us what the church’s purpose is to be “…ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us...” We can use the education that has been given to be ambassadors to the world in a way that speaks the truth and creates a willingness to listen. The education we are receiving helps us fulfill the purpose of the church on earth.

We ought to make sure we work diligently and not lose focus over the next two weeks of school because God calls us to do everything to the best of our ability for His glory. We are called to honor those in authority through obedience and respect and we have been given a great opportunity to study at a school that invests in its students.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Kayla, one of our twelfth grade students (pictured above).