The crest and motto symbolize the philosophy upon which Providence Christian School of Texas is founded.
The name of our school was chosen because of the meaning of the word “providence” as found in Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, fifth edition. “The act of providing, exercising foresight, or preparing; divine guidance or care; also, an act or instance of it. God, conceived of as guiding men through foreknowledge, loving care, or intervention.”
The crest consists of a shield representing the shield of faith as found in the Bible in Ephesians 6:16— “in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.”
The crest is divided into four quadrants by the cross which represents our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the life He gives us. The first quadrant contains the symbol of wheat which represents Christ as the bread of life. Our very existence depends on Jesus Christ; He is our sustenance. In John 6:35, Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” The second quadrant, containing the helmet and swords, represents evangelism. In Ephesians 6:17-19, we are told to “take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times with the spirit…make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.” The third quadrant depicts the Bible with the flame which represents wisdom, truth, and knowledge. In Proverbs 3:13 we are told, “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.” The fourth quadrant contains a dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit. We are dependent upon the Holy Spirit to instruct us in knowledge, wisdom, and righteous living. It is through the Holy Spirit that we may learn. In John 14:16-17, we are assured of God’s provision for us when Jesus tells His disciples, “He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of Truth.”
Our motto is “Esse Quam Videri” which means “To be rather than to seem,” reminding us that teaching character is at the heart of the highest-quality education.