Leaders Choose Joy

Last Wednesday in Upper School Chapel, Coach Estabrook shared a message of encouragement from Psalm 33:1 – 3, which states, “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him…. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.”  He reminded us that joy is a choice; no matter how we feel at any given time, the people of God can, and should, choose to be joyful.  He further pointed out that the command to “play skillfully” reminds us to give God our very best in everything we undertake.  Then, Coach Estabrook read Psalm 34:3, “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together,” which shows the need for corporate praise and points out that when Christians work together, we are more powerful than we know.

This message served (and serves) as an encouraging reminder that in everything that we — the administration, faculty, staff, students, and family — at Hillcrest do, if we choose joy, make every effort our best, and work together, we will easily accomplish our school’s mission statement:

Hillcrest Christian School is dedicated to reaching students for Christ, emphasizing academic excellence, and incorporating Christ-like values in all extracurricular activities. We endeavor to operate Hillcrest Christian School on the following Biblical principles found in Colossians 1:9-12:

Operate in a manner worthy of the Lord (v. 10)

Seek to please the Lord in every aspect of the school (v. 10)

Expect growth in character and knowledge (v.10)

Rely upon the Lord (v. 11)

Cultivate an atmosphere of joyful thanksgiving (v. 12)