Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back to School for the Christian

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” ~ II Timothy 2:15

Christian Back to School Tips by : Julia Bettencourt

1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP. (Rest in the Lord)
As parents we all know the benefits of getting our children to bed early on a school night. They need that added rest in order to get up early in the morning. A good night’s sleep will work wonders on your attitude the next day and it will help your whole disposition. Resting in the Lord will also make you fit and ready for the day. It will recharge you.

Psalm 37:7 - Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

2. GET A HEALTHY BREAKFAST.
(Have Prayer and Bible Study)
The experts all agree that giving a child breakfast before school helps in knowledge retention, test scores, and overall learning. As Christians we need to get a healthy breakfast of Bible study and prayer. Having some type of personal devotions will fuel you for the day.

Psalm 5:3 - In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

3. FOLLOW THE RULES. (Use the Bible as Your Guide)
School couldn’t be productive if it weren’t for the rules. We can all remember some of the basics. No fighting. No talking during class. No chewing gum. As Christians we have the best rule book of all. It covers all the basics. We need to use it as a guide on a daily basis. All of those do’s and don’ts in God’s Word are there to help us live productive lives.

Luke 11:28 - He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

4. DEVELOP GOOD WORK AND STUDY HABITS.
(Develop Good Bible Study Habits)
Children that develop good study habits are the ones who sail through school without major problems. We as Christians need to develop good study habits when it comes to God’s Word. Knowing the Word is what is going to make or break us. We’ve got to know the Word of God in order to live it.

II Timothy 2:15 - Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

5. TRY YOUR BEST.
(Do Your Best for Christ)
Teaching our children to do their best will bring results and they can be proud of themselves. It’s rewarding to do your best. As Christians we need to strive to do our best in whatever we do. After all we are doing it to honor God.

Colossians 3:23, 24 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

6. GET ALONG WITH YOUR CLASSMATES. (Fellowship With Other Christians)
When children are taught to get along together at school it causes such a good atmosphere for learning. When we as Christians get along with each other and fellowship with one another, it causes more productive lives, which helps further the cause of Christ.

I John 1:7 - But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

7. GET TO KNOW YOUR TEACHERS. (Know Christ More)
One of the first things a student needs to learn is what is expected of him from his teacher. How does that teacher deal with homework? With classroom policies? With grades? We need to know what Christ expects of us. Getting to know God will help us serve Him better.

I Chronicles 28:9 - And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

Let’s try to remember to follow these tips. We should want to be a prepared and productive student of the Lord.

So, are you ready for the school of life?
His Forever,
Christa