Titus 2:6-8 says, “Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
I have had the privilege of teaching and coaching 11th grader, Ethan Gerard, for three years and have known him for several years beyond that while he was in middle school. To me, Ethan is the embodiment of what Paul is communicating to Titus about how young men should strive to conduct their lives. Ethan is a leader in the classroom by his effort and positive relationships with teachers and peers. He is also a leader on the soccer field as a captain, and he demonstrated that particular quality this past fall as he was injured for the second half of the season but still worked hard to encourage and lead the younger guys on the team. Ethan is a leader in the lives of his peers as he leads a weekly time of Bible study, book reading and accountability in my classroom with his male classmates and friends. Like all young men, there are challenges to developing consistency in faith, but Ethan's heart’s desire is to continue to mature as an individual, and as a follower of Jesus.
- contributed by Mr. Eric Lewis, LC grade 11 advisor and varsity soccer coach