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  • Being Bold and Confident yet Teachable

    “He who neglects discipline despises himself, 
    but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.” 
    Proverbs 15:32 (NASB)

    I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find it hard to be bold and confident. There are many events we each experience daily that require us to be bold and confident. It can be frightening to put yourself out in the open by expressing your ideas in a class discussion, participating in a challenging activity during P.E., or even standing up and presenting a rhetoric reflection. I also find that in these situations it is much easier to stay closed up and watch quietly instead. Though this may be true, it is not what we ought to do. Rather than fearing the judgment of others, which is what often stops us from opening up, we ought to have courage and be bold with confidence. 


    Kaitlyn with her siblings, Jonathan and Rebecca

    We should not fear the judgments of others because we ought to be living our lives as pleasing to God rather than man. One of the ways we can do this is by searching for and defending God’s truth. Galatians 1:10 (NASB) says, “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” In this verse Paul is specifically talking about how Christians must proclaim the Gospel in all its truth rather than watering it down to please men who do not completely agree with the message. Paul is urging Christians to preserve truth and we must do this with boldness, having confidence in Christ and His work on the cross.  

    When we as students, “put ourselves out there” in the class room by answering a question and offering an idea, we exert a certain amount of boldness. Though this is a good thing, as we search for truth through the guidance of our teacher, we may not always have the correct response or best idea. When this happens it is important to have a teachable heart because guided correction helps us learn and grow. Proverbs 15:32 (NASB) says, “He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding.” According to this verse we must listen and accept correction to gain understanding.

    As a dancer, I experience correction all the time in the studio. I need to be bold and have confidence when I dance because I am putting myself out there to be corrected and judged. The corrections I receive from my ballet instructors are to help me improve my craft and become a better dancer. This is the same in our classrooms here at school. Dancing is also a preforming art so many people will judge dancers at auditions for jobs, camps, and preforming role. The judgements people make do not affect me because my identity is in Christ and I can have confidence in who He is.  

    We ought to be bold and confident but we must also be teachable. This can be very hard to balance. Specifically to the grammar schoolers I challenge you to raise your hands and answer the questions your teachers ask you, and when your answer is not exactly what they were looking for, learn from what new knowledge they have to share with you. And to the upper schoolers, I challenge you to participate in the class discussions we are so blessed to have. Express your thoughts and search for truth with the guidance of our teachers, being receptive to both positive and corrective feedback. 


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

  • Competitiveness

    “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” 
    Colossians 3:23 (NASB)

    One day earlier this year when I was at volleyball practice, I had a conversation with one of my teammates about the reason we played volleyball together as a team. Now, if you know me or my family, you know we’re very competitive! So this started because I told my friend that I play to win. However, they responded by saying that this is not why we should play. We should play for our team, so that we can grow our friendships and also become a better team overall to support our school. Are both of us right in this situation? Is it wrong for us to want to win? 

    God calls us to work our hardest at everything we do so that we may bring glory to Him, rather than ourselves. Colossians 3:23 (NASB) says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” This means that whenever we work at anything, such as a sport, we should give it our all and keep our focus on God. When we turn our focus to something such as being the very best on the team, we break down the relationships that we need to build in order to be a functional team. When this happens, we are not using the gifts and talents that God has given us in the way that He intended us to. He wants us to use these to bring glory to Him through our actions. 

    Does this mean that we cannot have fun or be competitive in our day-to-day life? Absolutely not! Sometimes competing can make you better at something. For example, when I go out on the court to play a volleyball game, I go out ready to win and play to my fullest ability. However, there must be a balance between wanting to win and playing so that your competitiveness does not change your attitude. 

    Girls Volleyball

    As track and field coach Billy Bowerman said, “Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.” We must keep this idea in mind as we enter into competitive atmospheres throughout our lives. Even if we do not win, we should look back on what we’ve accomplished and see how we can improve, but also be proud of what we did. Therefore, I urge you to look at your attitude when you are in a competitive situation, and see if it aligns with what God would want you to say or do.


    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 eleventh grade students (pictured).

  • Cherish One Another

    “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” 
    John 15:13 (NIV)

    About a year ago one of my best friends moved to Austin, TX. As it became apparent that our time together was coming to an end, I realized that I needed to make the most of our moments together. I needed to take the time to appreciate our friendship. It also helped me realize that I needed to stretch out and make new friends; this allowed me to become closer to others whom I never thought would have become closer to. 

    As time goes on, so too do our relationships. They are constantly changing. For example, your best friend now may not be your best friend in twenty years or a person you’re not close with right now might become your most cherished relationship in a few years. Life moves, and it moves fast. Whether it be the people in your life or the places and things that you surround yourself with, it will change.


    Now, before you get too freaked out by that, just know that this is a part of life. It makes us into who we are as we get older. We would never grow if everything just stayed the same all the time. And because change is inevitable, we need to find more ways to cherish one another in the time we have with each other. We should be encouraged to take photos with the people we love, record our memories in writing, and simply seize any opportunity we have to enjoy the moments with one another, however little or small. Give your friends and loved ones your all and be devout in your attention and in your affection. As it says in John 15:13 (NIV), “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” This verse expresses exactly what we should be doing in our relationships and in order to do that, we must first cherish one another.  

    To summarize, we need to embrace the reality that our relationships change as time goes by. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be following Christ's teachings by embracing the moments we have with our loved ones.  Create wonderful memories. Be present in your relationships and appreciate them.


    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 Grace, one of our tenth grade students (pictured).

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