Be a person of integrity and grace. Stand up and advocate boldly for those principles you believe in.

Seek out God daily and invest in causes larger than yourself. Be humble, compassionate and make it a habit to serve others before yourself. Be a generous mentor and share your life experience. Give others the opportunities you were given and always encourage and inspire.

I have always believed it is in times of uncertainty that our community stands most tall. Throughout our history, High Pointers have risen to meet every challenge with faith, courage and resolve. In the days ahead it is so important that we hold fast to those qualities that Abraham Lincoln once described as the “Better Angels of our Nature.” Let us be men and women of grace, faith and compassion and may we always lead with a servant’s heart… God bless you and yours… and may God bless High Point.

Paul Lessard

Dare to be bold and courageous, take leaps of faith. Walk through every open door and watch carefully to see the doors God closes for you. Remember your blessings and never fail to be grateful. Love and invest in your family and friends, as they are the only ones you will truly have intimate and profound impact upon in this life.

Face your fears, celebrate your victories, share your failures, and know everyone you meet is struggling with something. Admit your mistakes and strive to learn from them. Be self-sufficient, be accountable and, most of all, be faithful in all you do. Be generous, be kind and become a river to all who cross your path. Honor and cherish those who have touched your life, acknowledge their contributions and commemorate their memory with your words and actions.

Life is fleeting, live each day as if it’s your last and go to your maker with no regrets. Pass on all that you are and have, realizing in the end all we really get to keep is that which we’ve already given away.