Being Bold and Confident yet Teachable

“He who neglects discipline despises himself, 
but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.” 
Proverbs 15:32 (NASB)

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find it hard to be bold and confident. There are many events we each experience daily that require us to be bold and confident. It can be frightening to put yourself out in the open by expressing your ideas in a class discussion, participating in a challenging activity during P.E., or even standing up and presenting a rhetoric reflection. I also find that in these situations it is much easier to stay closed up and watch quietly instead. Though this may be true, it is not what we ought to do. Rather than fearing the judgment of others, which is what often stops us from opening up, we ought to have courage and be bold with confidence.

Kaitlyn with her siblings, Jonathan and Rebecca

We should not fear the judgments of others because we ought to be living our lives as pleasing to God rather than man. One of the ways we can do this is by searching for and defending God’s truth. Galatians 1:10 (NASB) says, “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” In this verse Paul is specifically talking about how Christians must proclaim the Gospel in all its truth rather than watering it down to please men who do not completely agree with the message. Paul is urging Christians to preserve truth and we must do this with boldness, having confidence in Christ and His work on the cross.  

When we as students, “put ourselves out there” in the class room by answering a question and offering an idea, we exert a certain amount of boldness. Though this is a good thing, as we search for truth through the guidance of our teacher, we may not always have the correct response or best idea. When this happens it is important to have a teachable heart because guided correction helps us learn and grow. Proverbs 15:32 (NASB) says, “He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.” According to this verse we must listen and accept correction to gain understanding.

As a dancer, I experience correction all the time in the studio. I need to be bold and have confidence when I dance because I am putting myself out there to be corrected and judged. The corrections I receive from my ballet instructors are to help me improve my craft and become a better dancer. This is the same in our classrooms here at school. Dancing is also a preforming art so many people will judge dancers at auditions for jobs, camps, and preforming role. The judgements people make do not affect me because my identity is in Christ and I can have confidence in who He is.  

We ought to be bold and confident but we must also be teachable. This can be very hard to balance. Specifically to the grammar schoolers I challenge you to raise your hands and answer the questions your teachers ask you, and when your answer is not exactly what they were looking for, learn from what new knowledge they have to share with you. And to the upper schoolers, I challenge you to participate in the class discussions we are so blessed to have. Express your thoughts and search for truth with the guidance of our teachers, being receptive to both positive and corrective feedback. 

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 Kaitlyn, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).