The four years students spend in high school really do help change them in previously unexplored ways. The pressure of adulthood arises for the first time, while students still feel and act like kids. We use the term “find themselves,” and truly this is what happens for students in high school. For those four influential years, I had the privilege of attending Chicago Christian High School. Walking in as a freshman, I took for granted all that Chicago Christian had to offer me not only academically as a student but also as a developing Christian. To be honest, I wasn’t the top of my class, I often found myself getting into trouble, and I skated by acting like a Christian but not owning my own faith. The reason why I am grateful for Chicago Christian is for the teachers that looked past all of the immature antics and saw my potential as a student, an athlete, and a Christian. Every teacher I had cared about me like I was their son—yes, I did have my mother as a teacher; but this isn’t what I am talking about. It was a kind of love and compassion that I realized can be compared to the love God has for his children.
High school is an extremely valuable and yet fragile time in a young adult’s life. I remember having no clue who I was or what my life would look like in the future, but I also remember the impact of those who saw my potential and spoke the life-giving words of a bright future into my soul. My time at CCHS taught me to seek the Lord and His desires before my own comfort while abiding with Him so that His desires would become my own. I was challenged to burst out of my own bubble in order to share in the lives of others.
The four years which I spent at Chicago Christian High School were some of the best of my life. I know that this is a pretty cliché thing to say. I know that our parents always warned us that we should treasure the moments we had in high school because they would be our best years, but in my case, I think that the cliché holds up. Not only was high school great because of the time spent with friends who remain my closest friends to this day, but it was also great because of the quality, Christian education which we all received.