“Whom can I serve and how can I do it better?” –Orrin Woodward
Sharing the Gospel message to a full auditorium of high school students and families is challenging enough, but what if the task meant sharing a biblical message to attendees that had opposing and diverse beliefs? With nearly 2,000 students, Middle Creek–a large public high school located in Apex, North Carolina–is one of the largest of the 17 public high schools in Wake County. In fact, the graduating senior class was bigger than the total amount of students in most private high schools. Needless to say, the place was packed from wall to wall.
On Sunday, June 7th, 2015, at the Colonial Baptist Church, Life Leadership co-founder and CEO, Chris Brady, delivered a powerful talk at the Middle Creek High School Baccalaureate Ceremony. Chris was hand-selected by a panel of administrators because he is widely respected as a speaker and leader in the local community. A baccalaureate is a faith-based ceremony that celebrates a graduating senior class and is traditionally done in private schools; however, Middle Creek chooses to be the exception. Despite being categorized as “public,” they also believe that it’s important that the students have a good foundation before they begin the next chapter of their lives.
In the way only Chris Brady can, he passionately shared a heartfelt message on what a truly successful life looks like. He explained the importance of developing humility (you don’t know what you don’t know), living a life of service, and striving for excellence. He also described how these concepts magnify God’s glory, and how living in this manner can create a ripple effect in time and contribute to one’s legacy.
One student commented:
“Mr. Brady’s stories really made me think deeper about my faith. Graduation is an exciting and scary time, and knowing that God is directing and protecting me makes this transition so much easier.” -Ashley (MCHS Graduate)
Here are three quotes that Chris Brady left for the attendees to ponder:
“The audience was superb. They were attentive and responsive and really seemed to be absorbing and thinking about the message.” -Chris Brady
The variety of beliefs that the participants represented at the ceremony made this event especially unique. Normally, at traditional public school functions, faith is a topic that receives little attention. The fact that the students and faculty designed a biblical service that beautifully deepened the gospel message is remarkable. From quoting scripture to singing solos–and even sharing personal testimonies of faith (all led by different graduates)–these students put God in the spotlight and inspired the audience to re-examine their own beliefs.
“The ceremony itself really struck me. It was so God honoring and moving, from the scripture readings to the excellent music provided by several very talented students – I know the Lord must have been pleased. It was truly an honor to represent Middle Creek High School for such a wonderful event.” -Chris Brady
Life Leadership is proud to have been represented by their CEO, as the guest speaker for this ceremony. Chris not only spends countless hours serving behind the scenes to make the company better for all of its members and customers, but he is also constantly out contributing to different communities and organizations. Furthermore, Chris Brady is the creative mind behind the new “LIFE on Life” initiative. He makes it a point to emphasize that we all have the responsibility to make a difference by giving of our time, talents, abilities and resources in order to strengthen our neighborhoods and the society as a whole.
Chris has made a difference in so many people’s lives throughout the years and is one of the most respected men in all of Life Leadership.
How has Chris Brady specifically made a difference in your life? Please share in the comments section below and show him how much he is appreciated.
Here is a short video clip from the end of his talk: