(Pictured left to right) Aiden Duff, Anessyah Love, Warren Mollitor, Alejandro Rodriguez, and Jessica Smith
Scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship are the five pillars of the National Junior Honor Society. On Tuesday, March 4, Pioneer Valley Christian Academy inducted five new members to the NJHS Harold C. Duff Chapter: Aiden Duff, Anessyah Love, Warren Mollitor, Alejandro Rodriguez, and Jessica Smith.
Why should I, as a student, try to attain the character traits and habits of a scholar? Focusing on the Bible, Proverbs 16:16 states “How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” Wisdom and understanding are character traits created by God to help us as students acquire the character of scholarship in our lives. When we strive to achieve God’s true scholarship, we will also be blessed with the wisdom to understand. ~Victoria King
Service seems like a small deed, but the positive affect that it has on others is extraordinary. When you help others in need, it is a way to glorify God and show others His love for them. Deuteronomy 15:11 says, “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’” God commands us to reach out to the homeless and the poor. When you show service it not only blesses you, but it blesses God, and those whom you are serving.
We might be blessed with an important role in our life, whether it’s something as small as being the captain of a sports team, or even as important as being a head pastor at a large church. Either way, this very true and crucial verse from James should most definitely be in the back of our minds. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” From wherever you are, whenever it is, no matter what you’re doing or going through in life, every motion and decision you make is influential, whether it’s positive or negative.
Character is not what we look like on the outside. It is how we conduct ourselves through our actions and attitudes on the inside. Actions and attitudes can show you a person’s character quickly. In Galatians 5:22-23 it says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. ”If a person is showing these traits in their daily life, you will know that person is conducting themselves in a Godly way. ~ Christiana Joy Dockter
Theodore Roosevelt wrote a speech on January 26, 1883 and said, “A man can be called a citizen if they are honest, faithful to their friends and others, and willing to fearlessly stand up in the presence of foes. Who has a sound mind, heart, and body. The ideal citizen would be willing to take up arms for the defense of our flag.” Roosevelt’s speech, although written a long time ago, should be a guideline for you in becoming a “citizen” of the National Junior Honor Society. Strive to be honest, faithful, and be willing to stand up for good no matter what. ~Samuel Shively
Wisdom and Knowledge
Many believe that knowledge and wisdom are basically equal. To those who are joining NJHS you must seek God’s wisdom in His Word because that is where it is found. As the Bible says, we must be more like Jesus so we need to continue to spread his love and mercy to others. God wants us to bring those who do not know Him yet, closer to Him. Wisdom is a very precious and valuable tool in our path with God. As Proverbs 3: 13-14 says, “and the one who gets understanding for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.” ~John Mateo