In Upper School chapel this morning, Kayla Tate — an 11th-grade cheerleader, and Honor Society and FCA member — shared a message which God has recently put on her heart: Kayla said she believes that most Christians truly have the desire to live for the Lord, but fears of being rejected or made fun of, as well as expectations about how the world thinks we should live, often prevent our doing as the Bible instructs. She quoted Psalm 1, verses 1 and 2, which states, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.” Kayla reminded us that in order to know what God expects, we have to read his Word, pray, and live in such a way that others notice and become curious about what makes us different. Then, she added, we must claim the boldness offered by the Holy Spirit and actually tell others about Jesus and knowing Him as Lord.
In other words, Kayla asked her fellow Christians to STAND UP AND STAND OUT for their faith. Finally, she asked those of us who were willing to stand up from our seats and to pledge our intentions to stop being afraid or ashamed and to offer each other support as we live boldly for Christ.
While we are often reminded at Hillcrest how blessed we are to be able to proclaim and worship God freely, that blessing is multiplied when Godly wisdom and Biblical truth come from one so young. Thanks, Kayla, for overcoming your own fears and for encouraging the rest of us to do the same.