Friday in our morning assembly I told the students that they were the best students in Nacogdoches. I meant it.
Regents Academy students are courteous, energetic, imaginative, and personable. There are so many good things I can say about our students. They compete in sports, they play instruments, they are involved in the community and in their churches in innumerable ways, they love their families, and they have big dreams. I love spending the day with them and working to lift them up.
But sitting in the principal’s chair the trait that most comes to mind when I think about Regents students is diligence. Our students work hard. Their teachers expect much from them, and it is wonderful to see them responding by giving their best. I have often told the students that when it is time to work, work hard; when it is time to play, play hard. They do both with gusto. General George S. Patton put it well when he asked the simple question, “If a man does his best, what else is there?” God calls us to live life wholeheartedly, not halfheartedly and dispiritedly. So whatever God calls us to, He wants us to do it with all our heart and soul, to His glory.
The greatest reward for working hard is the contentment that comes from knowing that we have done our best. Not every student can make an A every time – and in fact, grades are not the real goal anyway. The goal is to meet our God-given potential, whatever grade that results in. But it is also good to recognize those who excel, and we are happy to do so with our honor rolls.
I congratulate our students, and I congratulate our Regents parents as well. Keep up the hard work!