Students all over are starting school the next couple weeks. So many feelings come about when starting a new year, such as anxiety, fear, joy, excitement, nervousness, and even frustration. Regardless of which emotion describes you there is no denying the fact that your high school or college campus provides for you one of the most fertile mission soil you’ll ever step foot on. Students everywhere are longing to be loved, accepted, and comforted. And that is exactly what the Cross does, it assures us that despite how sinful and deserving of death we are, we are just as loved and forgiven despite our afflictions. The Cross comforts us in ways nothing in this world can. And the Cross accepts us despite the foolish decisions we’ve made, or will make this new school year. But the problem is so many people on so many campuses don’t know or understand the power of the Cross. That is why I wanted to suggest 3 things for maximizing your school year this year:
1. Mentor: Find a mentor, someone who will pour wisdom into your life and help you grow. An older person that will help you process decisions and help you learn from mistakes. Navigating my life through my High School and College years were some of my most difficult years of my life, I believe if I would’ve had a mentor in High School like I eventually had in College my experience would have been completely different in a really good way. A mentor provides a perspective you just don’t see in your High School or College bubble. They have the uncanny ability to look at the bigger picture while so often we dwell over the smallest things. Having someone to walk through our trials helps us rebound so much faster. A mentor also helps you become more equipped to invest your life into other individuals on your campus.
2. Relationships: If you really want to maximize this year get off facebook and get in their world. You and I were created to be in relationship and you have before you the opportunity to build relationships every day. No other time in your life will you be able to interact with so many different unique people as you do in your High School and College years. Introduce yourself to new people, get out of your comfort zone, and make new friends.
3. Manage: Organization may not be your gift, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be better at managing your time. I know you’re busy with homework, practice, work, Church, and everything else you somehow just can’t say no to. But if I were you I would sit down and decide what is most important to you and beneficial to your growth. I’ve even attached a a time sheet we use for our Link Year students right HERE to help maximize your time this year.
I’m praying all of you have a fantastic school year!