Persevering in the Hard Things

“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, 
he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” 
James 1:12 (NASB)

Has anyone every asked you to do a hard thing? I bet because we are still in the first trimester, you have been asked to do a lot of new things by your teacher in your new grade. Doing hard things is something that everyone is called to do. Often times we choose to avoid the hard tasks set before us rather than persevere through them. However, when we persevere in the hard things we produce good fruit in our lives that reflect Christ. This overall helps us to become more like Him.

In upper school there are many challenging things that we are call to do each day. One task Upper School Retreatmy fellow juniors and I were assigned was to memorize 40 lines of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. You may have never heard of this book before, but trust me when I say 40 lines seemed like a lot to memorize. At first we were afraid of the challenge set before us, and because of this, unwilling to do it. However, after working at it diligently each day, and persevering through the assignment, we were all able to recite our lines individually in class. After reciting our passages, most of us realized that we actually enjoyed the process of learning them. Though you may not be excited about doing something that is hard in the moment, like the juniors, persevering through the difficulty will produce good fruit in your life.

In Romans 5:3-5, Paul tells us, “…we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Tribulation is a long word for trial. Paul explains that when we persevere in trials we develop good character, and this gives us hope that the Holy Spirit is working in our lives. These fruits in our lives ultimately reflect Christ.

We reflect Christ in persevering through hard things because He too persevered in the hard things, such as being rejected and dying for us on the cross. Though the hard things we face in day to day life are not as wearisome as what Christ went through, we still reflect Him when we accept the challenges before us and persevere allowing us to grow in character. Next time you are asked to do a hard thing, I challenge you to accept is willingly and persevere because it will grow fruit in your life that reflects Christ.

Chapel TalkAs 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 Kaitlyn, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).