“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 
I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NASB)

Every day, we are kept accountable. If you’re in grammar school, you have an accountability sheet that has to be signed. In upper school, uniform checks hold us accountable for following the school's uniform policy. These things, and countless others, are designed to make sure we are doing what we are meant to do.

So, how does it feel when you get a mark on your accountability? Or, when a teacher calls you out for not doing your homework? It’s embarrassing, right? No one likes it when other people point out their mistakes. However, accountability is a good thing. If no one was there to check and see if you did your school work, would you be as likely to do it? But, homework is beneficial because it helps you remember the concepts you learned at school that day while you’re at home. Accountability helps to motivate you to do what is good for you and keep the standard to which you are held. We are always held to a standard. For students, this could be classroom rules and accountability sheets, academic expectations, or even physical requirements of a sport or P.E. However, we are all held to one standard, and it's the most important one we are meant to keep; God’s standard.

"...we are all held to one standard, 
and it's the most important one we are meant to keep;
God’s standard."

Because we love God, we try to live according to His Word. It is hard, though because His standard is perfection. That is why we need God’s strength and help from a community of godly brothers and sisters. Hebrews 10:23-25 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” We are meant to encourage on another to love and do good. I Corinthians 13:7 tells us that "Love bears all things." That includes the weaknesses and mistakes of others. It means we love people and try to help them do what is best for them and hold the standard to which we are all called.

In conclusion, I encourage all of you to keep one another accountable and to embrace accountability from others. But, most importantly, do it out of love for the Lord and for one another.

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 Chessa W., one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).