Yesterday marked the beginning of a new semester. Daunting and exciting at the same time. I have to admit , I hate the first day of classes. I look forward to starting up again but hate the initial slap in the face. Know what I mean? You get to class and are handed a syllabus showing you what to expect for the next 4 months of your life. If you’re like me, you think one of two things: “Sweet, this’ll be a breeze.” or “Shoot. What did I get myself into?”
In the midst of school work, stress, and a busy schedule I find it all to easy to lose sight of my purpose while in school. I’m going to college to get a degree so that I can get a job. That’s pretty common-sense. As a Christian however, if my ultimate purpose in life is to further the kingdom of God and bring him glory, then I should see my time spent in college and the goals I set as fitting into that purpose.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Whatever you do. This means that even the time spent and the attitude taken while studying, reading, writing papers, going to class, and doing homework can and should be God honoring.
What does it look like to bring him glory in the midst of studies? We can be humbled knowing that it’s by his grace we are able to learn and process. We can stand in awe as we understand more about his creation. We can be thankful for the ability to read and communicate. We can be amazed at how much there is to learn and look forward to how God will use this knowledge for his purpose in the future. We can simply try our best.
Rather than approaching exams and papers with anxiety, fear, or even procrastination, remember that trying your best is honoring to God. You might not earn all A’s this semester and that’s okay. We are asked to work hard and put forth our best effort.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” Colossians 3:23
So take a deep breath. This semester may turn out to be pretty easy or it may prove to be the most challenging one yet. Either way, remember that all you can do is your best and that brings glory to God.
Happy spring semester 🙂 Summer is right around the corner- kinda.