Endings and Beginnings

“Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days. Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.” Proverbs 19:20-21 (NASB)

In a little over a month, six of us will become the first graduating class of Covenant Academy. For us, big changes lie ahead. I have been at Covenant since Kindergarten and it has been the only school I have ever known, so this change will be the biggest of my life so far. Along with graduating comes the responsibility of making decisions about college, jobs, and where to live. Not knowing or seeing the next step can be frightening. What if I mess up? How do I know what I’m supposed to do? What if it is not what God wants me to do?

Even though we do not know what is ahead it is essential to remember that we have God. We are guided by the creator of the world, our Savior, and the knower of all things. He is our firm foundation. Psalm 94:22 says, “But the Lord has been my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.” We must trust in God’s plan because we cannot see the next step. Instead, He reveals the next step to us at the appointed time. God has our best interests at heart.

With so many choices we must make in life, it is easy to worry that we are making the wrong decisions and not doing what God wants. The good news is that God tells us His will for us. In 1 Peter 1:14-16 it says, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” God calls us to recognize our sin, repent of it, find salvation in Christ, and live a God-honoring life. However, sometimes there are choices we have to make that might not have a moral right or wrong, like where you should go to college. In these cases, it is important to seek wisdom from more mature Christians and pray that God will reveal your own motives. If you are seeking a life that honors God, you are free to make whatever choice you want because your desires will be aligned with His will. You will not be missing out on God’s plan for your life by choosing one option over the other. For instance, if God wills you to be a missionary in Zambia, He will impress it on your heart and guide you there.

We should not waste our time worrying about what might have been if we had made a different choice. Instead, we should rejoice in the fact that, as image bearers, we are given the opportunity to choose. If you are seeking to honor God, you do not have to worry about the next step in life. God has it under control; we cannot miss out on the plans He has for us.

And finally, this being my last Chapel speech, I would like to thank all the teachers and staff for all the teaching, knowledge, and wisdom that you all have impressed upon my classmates and myself. It has been a great honor and privilege to be a part of this school and the first graduating class. I am sure that we are going into the world equipped with the wisdom and virtue to face the challenges in our future.

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).