Recently, I was given the privilege of accompanying my daughter to the induction ceremony to the National Honor Society. It was a great ceremony and as you can imagine I was very proud of her accomplishments.  During the ceremony, different students gave speeches on the four qualities that are expected of members of the society.  The qualities required are character, scholarship, leadership, and service. 

As I sat in the audience, I could not help but think that these same qualities are expected of each of us as followers of Jesus Christ.  The students described very well the different qualities; however, I find a better description from the pages of scripture.

First, concerning character Romans 5:3-5 states, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.”   A great description of character is found in Galatians 5:22, 23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Second, discussing scholarship Paul wrote to Timothy in II Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15

On leadership, wrote in I Corinthians 12:12-,  “ For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they were many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member but many.”

Finally, speaking of service Paul wrote in Philippians 2:3,  “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.”  In Matthew 20:26 Jesus said, “It is not this way among you, but whoever wished to become great among you shall be your servant.”

I am very proud of my daughter for being recognized as a person of honor by the National Honor Society.  Let us strive to please our heavenly Father by also being people of honor demonstrating the qualities of character, scholarship, leadership, and service.

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