Pursuing Excellence

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
John 4:34-36 (NASB)

Who all is ready for spring break? One of the cool things about being at Covenant is that there is a guideline of sorts given to the teachers, do not assign something that must be worked on over a break. However, that does not mean we, as students, should not work on school work over a break.

The book of Proverbs is very harsh when it comes to the fate of lazy people, verse 15:19 says, “The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.” It makes sense, if you are lazy doing homework, then the bad grades you got because you are lazy will make life more difficult to navigate. This is a lesson I have learned in my time here at Covenant, one I have been reminded of far too often.

There are a couple of different ways you can be lazy, one is by procrastinating, by constantly saying, “I’ve still got time.” The other is not working ahead when you are given the opportunity to do so. Proverbs 20:4 says, “The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing.” Harvest is the time of plenty. However, if you do not work for it you will not eat. There will be times when the homework load due tomorrow will be small, I encourage you to take advantage of that extra time to work on some long term assignments. I know I will be taking advantage of any extra time I may have in college next year.

I challenge each of you to find at least one school related something to work on over spring break, and then take some time and do it! Work ahead and pursue excellence.

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