Keep on keeping on

One of the proudest moments we experience at Groves is to see our students walk across the stage at the end of the year to receive their awards at the Day School and Distance Education Awards ceremonies. While the award they receive is apparent, the path those students followed to get there is unknown to many of us. Teachers have the privilege to walk the walk with our students as they battle their way to achieve their goals.

God made every one of our students unique with their own gifts and talents and we encourage them to set a goal to achieve the best they can. For some students, this might be easier than for others and often it is the achievement that is acknowledged and not always the efforts to get there.

I sometimes ask students the question: “What is in your way of achieving your goals?” Once they have identified their obstacles, it becomes easier for them as they then know what they have to work on. Some may be disappointed because they don’t immediately see the results of their efforts, but the Lord said that we must press on. We must walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), and we must keep on being obedient to the call of God in our lives. Sometimes just one more effort will bring the breakthrough.

Maybe you are struggling with your 3 times tables, or pushing hard to attain the next reader level. Perhaps you are trying to get a B in Year 9 English or studying hard for your final Year 12 assessments, keep on keeping on and know that He will strengthen you and He sees the effort you put in.

The Lord wants you to take your burdens, weaknesses and shortcomings and cast them upon Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). He will turn them into strengths and victories. At the end of the day, remember one thing – it’s all about Jesus. To Him belongs the praise, honour and glory for your success.

Walk in His strength and His grace and you will accomplish things that you never thought possible “through Christ who strengthens you” (Philippians 4:13). Never forget that our reward is not here on earth, but in heaven.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9).

Rene Nieuwoudt
Head of Teaching and Learning – Senior Phase