How To Have The Best School Year Ever

Our student ministry has been discussing how to have the best school year ever these past few weeks. The Bible provides a lot of wisdom for us on how to be successful, and that especially applies to school. The point of trying to have the best school year ever is not based on the idea that everything will go right this year. Because it won’t. Regardless of what may happen this year, we as followers of Christ should strive to do our best and to be our best. 
 
1. Start your day off right
 
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there.”- Mark 1:35
 

Jesus started his day very early. What time do you wake up? I challenge you to start your day by praying. Talk to God about your day and ask him to help you through it. Pray for your fellow students and for your teachers.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”- Joshua 1:8

Starting your day with scripture is an excellent habit- but be warned- it will change your life. So often I’ve found that the scripture I read in the morning has prepared me for what I’m going to experience during my day. I challenge you to start your day by reading the scripture. Start off by reading just one verse in the morning. You will want to read more than that as you get into the habit of reading scripture.
 
2. Study Hard

 

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15

Now this verse is talking about the Bible but the same principle applies to everything we do- especially school. We should strive to do our best in everything we do so that we can be approved worker unto God who are not ashamed. Practice good study habits both with scripture and in school. I challenge you to set aside a time each day to complete assignments and study what you’ve learned. Your teachers will appreciate the time and effort you put in to their classes.

 
3. Avoid Drama
 

“Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.”- Proverbs 20:19

“A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.” – Proverb 16:28

Stay away from the people who will bring you down or get you in trouble. These people often try to break up friendships and manipulate others. Also be careful that you yourself don’t act that way.
 
4. Don’t be Cliquey

 

“My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” – James 2:1-4

No one likes a clique. It’s okay to have close friends but don’t ignore others just because they’re not in your squad. Try to be inclusive. Be that person who is always friendly towards everyone and really helps turn a bunch of strangers into a group of friends.
 

 5. Choose your friends wisely

“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” – Proverbs 22:24-25

“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”- Proverbs 13:20

You are who your friends are. Choose them wisely. Pick friends who encourage you, challenge you, and who make good decisions. Friends have probably one of the greatest influences on your life. Who your friends are says a lot about you.
 
 6. Remember who you are
 

“Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”- Ephesians 2:10

We must never forget our identity in Christ. Sure, in school we might be known as the nerd or the athlete, but we are followers of Christ first and foremost. And we should strive to live that way.
 
 7. Remember why you are here
 

“To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

Everything we do here on earth boils down to one purpose- To bring glory to God. That is the reason God made us, so we could bring glory to Him. That is the reason Christ saved us, so we could reconnect with God in order to make His name and greatness known to all the earth.  We should glorify God in everything we do.  He should become greater and we should become lesser.
 
hope these tips will help you throughout this school year to be a better student, an even greater friend and a more faithful follower of Christ.