Imitators of Christ

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)

I’m sure some of you have heard Mrs. Collins say, “You will become what you love.” It seems a little weird though, right? Is she saying that if I love candy that I’ll turn into candy? Well, not exactly. We know that we’re not going to turn in to candy. But have you noticed that when you are really good friends with someone, you start to do things and say things the way they would? When you love someone, it is natural to imitate them. This applies not just to people, but things, too. When you love a TV show or a video game, you tend to imitate it. The more you love something, the more you want to be around it. The more you’re around it, the more you imitate it.

Upper School RetreatIt is important, then, to carefully choose what we love and how we spend our time. Video games and TV aren’t necessarily bad things. But as you spend more time on these things, the more you start to say and do what you hear and see. Now there are certainly good things out there for us to imitate, but there are just as many (or more) bad things that we should avoid. For instance, in the same way that you start to imitate a friend or person on a show without even thinking about it, you may find yourself using words that you shouldn’t or being mean to someone because you saw it on a show. This is why it is so important that we love the right things—whether we realize it or not, these things shape us and who we are.

As Christians, what or whom should we strive to imitate? We should strive to imitate Christ. Since we imitate or become like what we love, in order to imitate Christ, we must love Him. We’ve already said that we spend the most of our free time with what we love. Thus, in order to love Christ, we have to spend time with Him and listen to Him. We can do this through prayer, worship, reading the Bible, and other things. We ought to set apart time to do these things because these are ways we can love the Lord. And, if we become what we love, we will become more like Him in the process.

Therefore, I encourage you to think about how you choose to spend your free time. What do you devote most of your time to? How could you be using your time to love the Lord and become more like Him?

Maddie, Chessa and Grace

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 Chessa W., one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).