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Welcome to another year at Credo Christian High School. Our school is entering its 41st year of operation, and we are looking forward to another year of service in God's kingdom. Our theme verse for 2018/19 is 1 Timothy 4:12:

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Timothy was a young man who was discipled by Paul. He became a minister on the island of Crete, and Paul wrote I and II Timothy to encourage and instruct him. As a young minister, it would be natural for some people to look down on him because of his youth. And yet Paul tells Timothy to not let that happen.  How? By telling everyone that they should look up to their ministers? By excommunicating those who disagreed with him? No. This instruction is for Timothy, not for his congregation members. The way that Timothy is to ensure that no one looks down on him is to lead by example. Paul mentions five categories in which this can happen: speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. We hope to explore these categories in our school-wide assemblies throughout the year. 

Hold on for a minute, though. Why would Paul tell Timothy to set an example for those older than him? Isn’t it the other way around? Aren’t the adults supposed to set an example for the youth? It is true that in our culture, we tend to have low expectations for youth. We expect irresponsibility, immaturity, and irascibility (look that one up!).  John Piper acknowledges this, but writes, “How many of our young people think that way: I am called to set an example for the adults. Of course, adults are supposed to set an example for young people. But here it’s the other way around. That calls for a dramatic shift in mindset for most adults and youth today: Don’t adapt to the low cultural expectations for youth. Set high ones. Youth can become examples for adults. Think that way. Dream that way.”

Alex Harris, in his book Do Hard Things, echoes this: “God calls us to be examples. Where our culture might expect little, God expects great things.” Each of you will be called to do hard things at CCHS in 2018/19, whether it be in the exam room, on the court, on the stage, or in the hallways. Embrace the challenge! To quote Piper again: “When we make decisions to obey God – even when it costs us something – and to live out our faith in our day-to-day life, it will be hard, but it will be good. And it will be good because God loves to bless us when we are faithful to stand up for Him.”

On behalf of the staff,
Kent Dykstra, Principal
September 2018