Walking into Wal-Mart the other day, I was met by an over-abundance of yellow packaging holding all the notebooks, pencils, erasers, and back-to-school accessories you could imagine.
All of it being a bright reminder that we're officially at that season of the year again.
Back to school season!
I'm not entirely sure where the summer went, but with the middle of August here already, we'll be entering fall before we know it.
So in honor of this season of our year, I've put together a post of just a handful of things I want those of you who are going back to school, to remember. Whether you're homeschooled (like I was!), or private school, or public school, I hope this post helps you prepare almost as much as all those yellow tubs full of notebooks and pencils at Wal-Mart do.
1. Enjoy every season. When I look back on my school years, I can't believe how quickly they went by. While living them they didn't always feel like they were going fast, but looking back it's hard to believe how long it's been since I turned the tassel on my graduation cap.
Life goes fast, so cherish every season you are in right now. At the moment, school may be your season. Maybe you're close to graduation or maybe you still have a few years left, but while you're in this season, embrace it. Don't wish it away.
2. Give everything your best. Don't get to the end of this school year, look back, and regret that you held anything back because you did less than your best. Work so that at the end of the school year you can look back and know that you gave it your best.
Colossians 3:23 says: "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men." This applies to schoolwork too!
3. Be willing to offer help. Do you see another student struggling with something that you're good at? Jump in and help them this year. If you're homeschooled, do you have a sibling struggling, or someone in your co-op group? If you're in a private or public school, pay attention to the other students in your class.
Look for ways that you can reach out and help others this school year.
4. Keep Jesus first. I'm about to tell you something very contrary to what the world says, and I'm okay with that. Your relationship with Jesus and staying in His Word is so much more important than any school work or education you are receiving.
Something my mom used to tell me in homeschool was that if all we did in school one day was complete our Bible lessons, then we had at least completed what was most important.
This is definitely not your excuse to goof off and not get school done or to give only ten percent in your studies. But what I am saying is this, and it's very important: If you allow education and school work to take first place in your day over your relationship with Jesus, then it has become an idol. This goes for anything in your life taking first place over Jesus.
If you have to get up earlier or cut out other things in your life to get your Bible time and school work done in one day, then do it. But make time to spend with Jesus before anything else.
Happy back-to-school! Comment below and let me know which of you are going back to school this year. :)
Isabella Morganthal (21) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.