Back To School

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt 6:33)

 

Just look back over the last few months; it is amazing that for most of our kids’ school started this past week. Seems like when I was younger it was uncommon to go back this soon, but nevertheless, school is on us for our kids, and summer is over. This has been a busy summer, it began with our block party over two months ago. Our families, including many of our children handed out hundreds of flyers concerning the church here. Our vacation bible school was a great hit, attendance was up this year, and has continued to increase each year. Indian Creek Youth Camp for many of our young people was a highlight of the summer,  Backwoods Christian Camp was not that far behind, then comes the Southern Evangelism Conference which many of us attended just last weekend, and the summer wrapped up with our homecoming, and gospel meeting with Charles Box. It has been a busy summer.

There are a few things that our young people need to remember to take with them back to school.

Don’t forget to include God in your school plans: I know that for so many this year will be graduation year, and the class of 2012 will move into college so quickly. James said we do not know what tomorrow holds (James 4:14) and reminds us that in each of our plans we should include God (James 4:15). Young people, whether you are graduating this year, or you are leaving elementary school this year, be sure to include God in your plans for this school year

Remember, you are to bring glory and honor to God in your actions: Peer pressure is nothing new. Solomon reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. But our response is entirely up to us. Young people, there are some places you cannot go, and some events you cannot participate. Paul reminds us that in all that we do we are to bring honor and glory to God (1 Cor 10:31). Even more, Jesus emphasizes that we are to let our light shine before men so they may see our good works, and glorify our father in heaven (Matt 5:16). Be careful where you go, and what you say, and honor God in your words and actions.

Remember, you are not alone: Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to deal with the pressures that you might have in school, and sometimes you may feel like the only one who is trying to do right in your school. God understands, and God still expects you to be the example you should. But God just as God reminded Joshua that He would not leave nor forsake him (Joshua 1), God also reminds us that He is always there.

                Ande Z