How Should We React to Change?

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)

Today is our last chapel with the senior class. Their last day of school ever at Covenant Academy. Next week they will not be here anymore. Does this upset any of you? Can you even imagine what it will be like without them here? Although it may be hard to think about this, God has a purpose and a plan for everything. Changes such as these should only help us to rely on God and look to Him for where He will lead us. There will be many instances in your life where people will come and go. Our senior class has led this school for the past four years, and as big of a change as it will be for us, it will also be a huge change for them. However, God has equipped them with the leadership skills that they need to take on the next stage of their lives.

As we all continue to go through change in our lives, whether at school, college, or even during the summer, we should remember to trust in God no matter what the circumstance. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” No matter what we go through, we can always turn to God and ask Him for help because He never changes, and always wants to help us. When God causes something in our lives to change, whether it be good or bad, we are led to find that our identity lies apart from that thing that has changed. This means that when we go through times of change, we should continue to love and follow God because our identity in Him as image bearers will never change. Although we do not always like change, it is still a part of our lives.

When the senior class leaves Covenant, even though it will be a hard change for all of us, we will still remember Lydia walking out to the playground and then hearing squeals of delight as she hugs all of the kids, and Daniel and Jonathan marching with all of grammar school around the playground at recess. We’ll remember how Michael always excitingly greeted people as he passed them in the hall, and Amanda’s upbeat attitude and how she was willing to do anything for anyone. We’ll remember how loving Kayla was, and how she always looked out for others. And finally, we will remember how giddy and excited Jonathan was when his quad-copter finally flew.

When you think about this class, don’t think about how sad we will be that they are leaving, think about God’s plan for them and for us. He is raising up new leaders to be just like these seniors who have led so well and sacrificed so much. I challenge all of you to put all of your trust in God and love Him even when you go through difficult changes in your lives.

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 Taylor, one of our tenth grade students (pictured above).