“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)
On the night of April 26, 1777, a messenger arrived at a farmhouse with urgent news that the British, had burned the city of Danbury, Connecticut, and were advancing on the countryside. Every farmer must be called out immediately. A patriot named Ludington volunteered for the job of riding and calling the farmers to fight.
Ludington grabbed a big stick, leaped on a horse and galloped off into the darkness. It was an all-night ride, stopping at each farm house to bang the stick on the door and shout a warning, “The British are coming. Get out and fight!” And they did. Ludington roused enough men to not only stop the British, but to send them running back to their boats in defeat!
Ludington far out did Paul Revere’s famous ride. Revere only got about 10 miles before he was captured by the British at Lexington. Ludington covered 40 miles of hard riding! This patriot was not a grown man as you might have imagined… but a 16 year-old girl named Sybil Ludington.
Young Ludington didn’t know what the outcome of her actions would be. She simply acted out of personal conviction. I would like to explore that idea for a minute. As Christians, we all have God-given conviction, a moral drive to do certain things at certain times. Like Sybil Ludington we have a God-given conviction that lives inside of us today. God uses young people. As followers of Christ, with His aid, He empowers us to make a difference in this world.
Now, I would like to challenge each of you. Go out, make a difference, have an impact, and change history. You and I are not the next generation, we are THIS generation and it’s time for us to get involved and be active in our world. With recent events in mind it’s clear to see that our country is rapidly moving away from our Christian roots. As the “generation of today”, it is critical that we are active in all parts of our country. 1 John 4:4-5 says, “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them.” (NLT) We are called to be set apart. I believe that as God’s children, our generation can be the spark that starts the fire to make a difference in our ever changing world.
By simply acting out of the conviction of her heart, Sybil Ludington played a part in securing the freedom we enjoy today. As followers of Christ we are not called to live comfortable lives, we are called to be set apart. This task of being set apart, is not going to be easy, but it is by far the most fulfilling. It’s time for our generation to be different and do our part in showing Christ’s love to an ever changing, rocky world.
As my reflection comes to an end I would like to close with a question: Covenant Academy, are you willing to have the courage to act, speak, and live out of your own God-given conviction? Regardless of what the outcome may be, are you willing to be bold and take the risk of being different?
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 Sarah R., one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).