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Dolph Painter's Charge To The Senior Class of 2021

Below, we've made available the W.A.T.C.H. points from Dolph Painter's charge to Faith Christian School's senior class, the rising seniors, and the audience who attended Valedictio. If you missed it, we feel confident you'll be blessed by it!

Mr. Painter began the charge by sharing a personal story of integrity demonstrated: He told of his time in the investor accounts division of a bank. One investment account he oversaw belonged to an elderly woman. The account was slated to invest in a very long-term investment—one that would not have benefited the woman while she was alive. Mr. Painter questioned the investment and eventually had to stand up to his superiors, refusing to make the investment because of his convictions.

Years later, he and his family moved to Georgia to allow his ailing wife to pass away among family. After her funeral, Mr. Painter applied for a position with another investment firm. When one of his superiors from the previous firm was asked to be a reference, that man offered Mr. Painter a position he had not applied for, a position that allowed Mr. Painter to work from home! This was very rare during that time and clearly, a provision from God as it allowed him to stay home to invest in for his three growing boys.

Mr. Painter shared the W.A.T.C.H. points below (and a printable PDF here) as an easy way to remember the areas of integrity the Bible teaches us to invest in:

W.A.T.C.H.

Words - If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man (Jam 3:2)

  • Pr 12:18 - There is speech that pierces like a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health
  • Pr 15:2 - The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright, but grievous words stir up anger
  • Pr 16:28 - The forward man soweth strife, and a whisperer separateth chief friends

 

Actions - He that does God’s will is like a wise man who builds his house upon a rock (Matt 7:24)

  • Pr 4:4 - Let thine heart retain my words; keep my commandments and live
  • Pr 6:27 - Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
  • Pr 22:3 - A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself; the simple pass on and are punished

 

Thoughts - Think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Php 4:8)

  • Pr 1:22 - How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity?
  • Pr 2:11 - Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee
  • Pr 3:13 - Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding

 

Companions - Be not yoked with unbelievers (2Co 6:14)

  • Pr 13:20 - He that walketh with the wise shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed
  • Pr 14:7 - Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest no knowledge in him
  • Pr 27:17 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful

 

Habits - By nature, we are driven by fleshly desire (Eph 2:3)

  • Pr 21:17 - He that loveth pleasure shall be poor
  • Pr 25:28 - He that hath no rule over his spirit is like a city without walls
  • Pr 26:14 - As the door turneth on its hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed

We will miss Mr. Painter, as he moves on to other things, but are very grateful for the investment he has made in our upper school students and the example of wisdom he has provided.