For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

It has been a highly enjoyable season for Groves Christian College, celebrating our students at Awards nights and afternoons over the last two weeks. This year I’ve had the pleasure of attending three of them (there are some who have done all five!), and it has been a pleasure to see students take pride in theirs and their peers successes across academic, sporting, cultural, and artistic endeavours.

And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labour, for these are gifts from God. (Ecclesiastes 3:13)

As the author of Ecclesiastes says, enjoying the fruit of our work and celebrating our successes is a wonderful gift from God. He enjoys seeing us succeed. He enjoys seeing us when we accomplish the goals we set out to accomplish. This drives how we run our awards nights with short speeches and celebration of the work of each individual student.

However, we need to maintain our focus, that while it is good to celebrate and enjoy our work, God needs to be at the core of what we do.

But my child, let me give you some further advice: Be careful, for writing books is endless and much study wears you out. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13)

As much as we celebrate what we have done, our duty is to God. There is always more to learn, and always more to study. But without God at the centre, it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. While we celebrate our own achievements, we do so knowing that He is the one who gave them to us. We remember that He gives us the strength to accomplish our goals.

Our successes are good gifts, but Jesus is the best gift God gives us.

Celebrating our successes is a good thing, but fearing God and following Him is the best thing.

Dan McComber
Head of Teaching and Learning – Middle Phase