Break from School, not from Character

“…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 (NIV)

Who is excited for Christmas break? Me too! We have sixteen days off to spend with our families and enjoy time away from school. Breaks are fun and exciting, however, there is a certain thing that we should never break from doing. We should never take a break from reflecting God in everything that we do. Some of the ways that we can reflect God are by loving one another, blessing and serving others, and respecting those in authority.

Breaks may be a time to rest and not have to work as much, but they are not a time to take a break from doing what God has called us to do every day. Some of you might be wondering, “Well, why can’t I take a break from doing those things?” The reason why we can’t ever stop loving and serving one another, respecting those in authority, or blessing others is because we are called by God throughout Scripture to become more like Christ and reflect Him every day, not just at school when we see it as a rule hanging on the wall.

John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” These verses call everyone to love one another as Christ loved us and by doing this everyone will know that we are followers of Christ. We’ve learned that at school to love one another can mean to speak kindly to our friends with words that build up rather than tear down. How does this look while you are at home? By speaking kindly to your siblings, parents, and the other people you gather with over the holiday.

We are called to reflect Christ’s servant heart in Matthew 20:28 when it says, “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” We practice serving one another every day in Upper School during Service Time where we clean the campus. We also do many service projects together as a whole school. At home, you can still serve by helping your parents do something like fixing lunch for folding the laundry.

In Hebrews 13:17 we are commanded to obey those who are in authority over us and lead us like parents and teachers because they are always looking out for us and helping us become more like Christ. It says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account…” While we are at school, the teachers are the authorities over us, and while we are at home, our parents are the authorities over us. Just like we obey right away cheerfully every day at school, we can do this at home for our parents as well. Each week during Chapel Call Out we are reminded that we are blessed to be a blessing, so even on a break we need to bless others. Whenever we obey those in authority like the teachers and our parents, we need to do it with a good attitude and this will bless them.

I understand that doing all of these things that can become hard things to do and especially when we are on a break and just want to do what we want to do. However, in the Rhetoric Chapel Call Out we say that when we become more like Christ we become all that we are meant to be. So we must keep reflecting Christ, even through a break, in order to become more like Him and therefore all that we are meant to be. During this break, try to remember that we are not getting a break from everything. We always need to follow Christ by loving one another, blessing and serving others, and respecting those in authority.

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 presentation was given by Kaitlyn, one of our tenth grade students (pictured above).