A Time For Everything

Another school year has begun!

Where does the time go?! Alas, as Solomon's words state, there’s a time for everything. I personally wish there was only time for vacation, however you win some and lose some…

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven
— Ecclesiastes 3:1
Students at STRIDE's annual Collegiate Summit. Boston University 2015.

Students at STRIDE's annual Collegiate Summit. Boston University 2015.

The school year is ahead of you and you probably set personal goals to achieve - that's great! You'll also be faced with many surprises, whether positive or negative. Blissful joys and frustrating challenges of various types (relationships, academics, spirituality, firsts, etc.) will be your lot as ups and downs are just a part of the human experience.

In the midst of everything in life that shifts as often as New England weather, however, I believe there is a constant we can count on.

In Ecclesiastes chapter three, King Solomon describes in eloquent prose the journey of life. From being born to dying, experiencing tragedies to triumphs, war and peace. I find it interesting that there is no place on his list for things specifically spiritual. For example, a time to pray and a time not to commune with God. Or, a time to grow in His grace and a time to be self-sufficient (self-righteous). I believe these omissions are divinely ordained.

Study the Bible daily and let God speak to your mind and heart.

Study the Bible daily and let God speak to your mind and heart.

The one thing that will be constant this school year is God and His faithfulness. You have the opportunity to tap into Him everyday. Before P-sets, extracurriculars, and even relationships, purpose in your heart (as in, choose ahead of time - now!) to put your relationship with God first. When God is first, last, and best in your life everything else falls in its proper place. Jesus said it this way:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
— Matthew 6:33

Make spending intimate time with your Heavenly Father through Bible study, prayer, and sharing a daily must. Rather than relegate your Christianity to the 24 hours of Sabbath, make your walk with Jesus a way of life.

The following are tips that can help you stay grounded in Christ while in school (and beyond!):

  1. Set a time for morning devotion and guard it jealously - it's your date with God.
    • Let's follow Jesus' example of early seeking wisdom and strength from His Father to meet the day's challenges. Psalm 63:1-3
  2. Connect with God throughout the day.
    • Share your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and every care with Jesus and listen for His guiding. 1 Thess. 4:16-18, Philippians 4:6-7
  3. Pray for divine appointments to share God’s blessings with others.
    • Be a blessing courier! Heaven has blessing upon blessing to bestow upon your campus and there are "special deliveries" God needs your help with every day. Mt. 5:16, 2 Cor. 5:17-21

Get ready for an awesome school year!

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