Follow The Leader

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
Luke 10: 25-28 (NASB)

On Wednesday of this week, parents of our currently enrolled students were invited to sit in on our classes to observe and inquire about our life here at Covenant. Because the parents were watching and listening to what we know and were being taught in each class, I was reminded of when I had begun Rhetoric School here at Covenant. What I believe they saw in our various classes was the evidence of Christian worldview and godly principles instilled in our actions and inquiries. I wondered if this will be the same for all seniors at Covenant even 10 years from now and I believe this to be so.

Some of the parents that were in our classrooms have students that are much younger than us. The parents were there to see what good things their children will learn when they come to be a senior at Covenant. The evidence of Christianity in our student’s lives, this love for all things noble and true, is due to the investment that our teachers put in to us by challenging us to think honorably, to think well. Loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and loving your neighbor as yourself is one of the most important rules in our classes and in Scripture.

As I sat in class I was also reminded that we are leaders following The Leader. Mrs. Collins tells in Chapel, “To be a good leader, follow your leader.” By studying, playing and engaging in conversation, serving, listening, and doing everything that you strive to do, you are both following and leading. I believe the most challenging and most rewarding thing about being a student at Covenant is that we are pushed and encouraged to live like examples of Christ, ambassadors of Christ. Now we can leave this campus and not feel insecure about what we believe because we have been taught to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

Being a follower means loving Scripture and applying it to your daily life. Being a follower means honoring your parents and those in authority. Being a follower means choosing to please God rather than yourself. The way to truly lead with what we have been taught, we must look for simple and difficult ways to apply what we learn to everything that we do.

As this is my last Chapel speech, I am reflecting on the fact that one day each of you will be up here to share what you have been taught here at Covenant. I encourage you, Covenant students, to follow Christ in every aspect of your life so that you may lead one another in love.

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 Amanda, one of our twelfth grade students (pictured above).