And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, – Col 1:9 (ESV)
Have you ever been sitting in school, learning a new subject and feel really overwhelmed? Maybe you felt like you weren’t learning things as fast as the students around you. That can be really discouraging. It’s scary to not understand a subject or feel like you’re falling behind in class.
Learning new things can be difficult, but the Bible does give us some encouragement about this. Today’s Bible verse tells us that we’ve been given a spirit of wisdom and understanding. And while this verse is often used in making big decisions like which career to choose or who to date, it can also be helpful when you struggle at school.
God loves you, and He wants to help you to understand things. He can show you ways to understand difficult subjects. He can help you when you struggle. So instead of giving up and feeling overwhelmed, today choose to go to God and ask Him for wisdom in your studies.
Today’s Truth: God wants to help you become successful at school
He may show you a new way to study, or help you find a YouTube video that explains a complicated math concept. Whatever it is, God wants to help guide you with your schoolwork. So today, if you’re struggling, go to Him for help. He wants to show you ways to succeed at school!
Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave. – Proverbs 12:24
I remember a time in history class when I got a bad grade. For me, bad grades were really rare, so I was very upset by it. I stayed after class and asked my teacher why I had received such a bad grade on my history project. She told me that she expected more from me, she knew this project wasn’t my best work and so she had given me a lower grade.
When I had been making this project, I had watched other students in my class. They weren’t putting much effort into their projects, which made me think, if they’re being lazy, maybe I should be lazy too. I didn’t give my teacher my best work, and my grade suffered because of it.
I learned the hard way that laziness doesn’t pay off. If you want to get good grades at school you’ve got to put in some extra work and effort. So if you want to be successful and a leader, you’ve got to work hard. You’ve got to put in a little extra effort to get better results in your life.
Today’s Truth: To become successful, you’ve got to work hard.
So today, if you’ve become lazy at school or in some other area, choose to make some adjustments. Choose to put in a little extra effort and work just a little bit harder. Simple things like showing up a few minutes early or doing an extra homework problem each night make a big difference. To become successful, you’ve got to work hard.
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
We usually hear today’s verse in light of fear. However, it can help us with success also when it comes to school. Have you noticed in school sometimes it’s really hard to be present when your teacher is speaking? Maybe it’s a lecture on the most boring history period known to man and there’s nothing you’d rather do than check out.
Today’s verse mentions that we’ve been given self-control. That means we can control ourselves even when the teacher is boring.
Tip #5 – Show Up
Today’s tip for success at school is to show up. Your body might be in your seat, but often, mentally you’re checked out. You’re thinking about what’s for lunch or who might ask you to the dance.
Instead of letting your mind wander during class, be determined to show up mentally. It’s amazing how good you can do on a test if you’ve really paid attention in class.
So today, if you’ve gotten in the bad habit of not being present mentally, remind yourself of today’s verse. Realize that you have self-control and you can determine to pay attention. You’ll be impressed at how your grades will improve if you show up mentally to class.
What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded. – Proverbs 18:21 (NCV)
We want your school year to go great. So with that in mind, we created some tips to help you be a success at school this year. Today’s tip is about speaking life over yourself.
Maybe you have trouble in math. Or perhaps you struggle making new friends. Whatever you are weak in becomes an area where you can begin to speak death over your situation.
For example, if math is hard, you might begin to say things like, “I’m no good at math. I’ll never understand it.” speaking words like that won’t produce good results in your life. Instead, choose to speak life over your situation.
Tip #2 – Speak Life
Speak words like, “I believe I understand things.” “I’m improving at math”.
Speaking positive things in your life will bring good results. As you speak God’s word over your life and situation, things will change in your life for good.
So today, choose to put this tip into practice. Choose to speak life today.
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Have you ever envied those people at school that just always seem to get good grades? It’s easy to watch them and think about how unfair it is that they are always getting good grades. There are moments when you feel like no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to do as well as they do. It can be easy to feel like their success is because they’re just naturally smart. And while it’s true that some people have a knack for book learning, there are ways to do better in school even if reading and writing isn’t your thing.
Let’s take a look at a couple of ways you can boost your grades and earn some brownie points with your teachers. The great thing about these is that they don’t require any extra IQ points at all!
Yep, success at school is as simple as that. Show up to class. Everyday. Whether you feel like it or not.
Simply showing up each day goes a long way towards success at school. And don’t only show up in person, but be there mentally as well. It’s easy to get sucked into passing notes around the classroom, or Snapchatting your friends, but if you want to do well in school you’ve got to pay attention. It’s amazing how many times a teacher will give you tips for a test that you miss if you’re not there or if you’re not paying attention. There’s power to just mentally participating in your class.
Its amazing how much better you can do on tests, quizzes and assignments by simply mentally participating in class. It may be hard for you to focus on what makes up DNA or the quadratic equation. You might not find those topics that interesting, but force yourself to listen anyway. The more you listen and participate mentally, the better you’ll do in class. Its just that simple.
Show up physically and show up mentally. If you’re there and focused you can guarantee you’ll start getting better grades!
This is huge. Communicate with your teachers. Let them know if you have a doctor’s appointment and will be missing class a few days ahead of time. Then get your missed classwork done quickly and turned in.
It’s amazing how willing teachers will be to work with you, if you just communicate with them. Let them know if you’re not keeping up and ask them for tips, pointers and help. Ask if you can do extra work if you need to bring a grade up. Just keep the lines of communication open, and it can really help you out. When communicating, don’t wait until right before finals to get the help you need. Once you realize that you’re struggling, get the courage to go talk to your teacher. Ask them for any tips or help. Most teachers are eager to help you succeed.
These two things will help you out a lot at school. If you show up to class each day and show your teachers that you’re trying your best they will be much more likely to help you out if you get behind or need extra help. If you haven’t been to class everyday or doing the work, you don’t really have much ground to stand on when asking your teacher for help. The best way to do well in school is to show up everyday and communicate!
Finally, don’t forget to ask for God’s help. He can give you wisdom if you need help in dealing with a difficult teacher or school situation. He’s got the answer for any situation you’re facing. Don’t be afraid to ask Him what you should do.
Related Youth Resources
Here’s a student resource that’s sure to knock your socks off! This mp3 is full of awesome scriptures to help you be a success at school. Get them into your heart and watch God help you become a success at school!
If you’re one of the many students getting ready to head off to college this fall, you probably are experiencing lots of different emotions. You might be scared, maybe a little excited, or maybe even unsure of what the future might hold for you.
For most students, college is one of the first times they will be living on their own. Many of the rules, guidelines and curfews they had as a kid are suddenly gone, and as a college student they’re left having to make life choices on their own. How do you live a Godly life at an university or college where you have so many choices and where many of the students aren’t living for God?
Here are a few things that will help you live for God while going to college.
Find godly friends. One of the best things you can do if you want to live for God in college is to find a group of good friends who love God. You can do this by search online to find a church near your school that offers a college age Bible study. Or find out if there’s a group that meets on your college campus to worship God together. Do your research and find friends that are dedicated to serving God like you are. Decide to hang out with the people you meet in these groups. Godly friends will help you stand strong when your faith at college feels tested. They will help you make good decisions and be someone you can talk to when you need advice or wisdom.
Have a solid foundation. You’ve got to be solid in what you believe if you’re going to live for God in college. You can’t just base your faith in God on what your parents believe, or what you heard preached at youth group. You’ve got to know what you believe and why you believe it. If you don’t when the challenges of college come to you, it will be much harder to live for God.
Set up your own rules. You might not have your parents telling you what to do, but you can benefit by setting some of your own rules. For example, if you don’t want to mess up sexually with your girlfriend or boyfriend, then make some rules for how you’re going to stay pure. Decide that you won’t be alone together in your dorm room. Or that you won’t sit on the bed together. Setting up your own rules will help you from pushing any of the boundaries. Choose ahead of time a strategy for staying out of trouble and set up good rules to keep yourself in check.
Don’t compromise. This is huge. Decide to not compromise in any area. Even the small stuff. You won’t have a parent or guardian looking over your shoulder all the time, so you have to determine on your own to not compromise. Compromise in even the smallest area can lead to bigger and bigger compromises. Eventually you’ll be heading down a path that you didn’t intend. But it starts with choosing not to compromise even in the small things.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. – 1 Cor 10:13 (KJV)
Living for God in college is possible. You can come out on the other side and still love God and live for Him. However, its not just going to happen. You’ve got to set up a plan and choose not to compromise in any area. If you do these things, you’ll find that you can live for God at college.
Do you have any advice for students on living for God in college? We’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!
Sports can be a really fun part of your time at school. They are a great way to develop good habits and get to know new people. Here are a few tips to help you become a success at any sport you play.
Be dedicated. Dedication will beat talent every time. You may not be the best athlete ever, but if you’re dedicated you can go far in your school’s sports teams. You can show dedication by going the extra mile. You could run more, or put in some extra practice time. Whatever approach you decide to take, after awhile you’ll find that you’re coming out ahead on your sports team. No amount of talent can substitute for hard work and practice. If you put in the time and work, you’ll be sure to get noticed.
Be Mentally Tough. If you’re mentally tough many times you can win against someone who is physically better than you at sports. A lot of success in sports comes down to mental toughness. If you get defeated mentally, you will lose the game physically. Keep your mental focus, and you can win the majority of the games you play. Unless your opponent is a lot better than you in terms of talent, you will be surprised at how many games you can win by keeping a good mental attitude.
Have Fun. School sports are supposed to be fun. However, its easy to get wrapped up with the winning and competition that you forget that the point of school sports is to have fun. School sports are a good way to get to meet new people and find out which sports you enjoy playing. More than likely, you won’t go on to play these sports professionally, so have some fun while you’re playing.
Following these tips will help you to be more successful at the sport you’re involved in. Remember to always put God first in anything you do. In any sport you play, remember that you’re there to bring glory to God. Don’t get all wrapped up in the drama and excitement of sports that you forget to give God the glory. He’s there and willing to help you out in anything that you put your hand to.
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Pray: God, I come to you right now in the name of Jesus and I ask for your wisdom in the sports that I play. Help me to have creative strategies and ideas that will help me succeed. I desire to put you first in everything I do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen. Go Deeper: Read Little Black Book for Athletes (Little Black Book Series)
Homework isn’t usually thought of positively. Cheers never breaks out when the teacher assigns homework. In fact, the word itself usually brings feelings of stress, dread and maybe even makes you want to run for your life! However, homework does have a few good qualities.
One quality is that homework helps you learn. It reinforces what your teacher talked about in class. Homework helps you grow and learn more about the topics you’re studying in school.
That’s a lot like Jesus. See Jesus is into His followers learning things. In the gospels, He was always teaching, speaking in parables, and using examples. Here’s part of a story that Jesus used to teach the people.
“Study this story of the farmer planting seed. When anyone hears news of the kingdom and doesn’t take it in, it just remains on the surface, and so the Evil One comes along and plucks it right out of that person’s heart. This is the seed the farmer scatters on the road…The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.”” – Matthew 13:18, 23
Jesus used this story to teach that just hearing the good news isn’t enough. To get something out of what Jesus taught, you have to do more than just hear it. You have to take it in and let it become a part of how you live.
The same is true about homework. Homework does you no good sitting forgotten in your locker. If you don’t pull out your homework and do it, it won’t help you learn.
So the next time you get homework at school, let it be a reminder of how it is like Jesus. It helps you learn, and it also only does you good when you do the work. In the same way, what Jesus taught helps you learn, but it only is powerful when it is used in your life every day.
Deciding to go to college is a big investment of both time and money. How do you decide if college is the next step for you? We’ve got a few things to examine in making the decision of whether to go to college or not.
Are you a good student? This might seem obvious, but are you a good student? Do you like studying and learning from books? If school has been a struggle for you up to this point, perhaps college isn’t the next logical step for you. If you have a hard time learning in the classroom setting, its worth considering other options before you make the commitment to go to college.
Do you know what you want to study? Many times college students will end up changing their major several times in the course of study. Each course change will mean extra semesters studying at college and will cost you money as you have to take more classes to graduate. If you’re not sure what you want to study consider either taking your general education classes first or putting off college until you know for sure what you want to study.
What will you get in return? Find out what kind of job or career your college degree will get you. Many times people will get a degree in a field only to find out after college they didn’t like the career or didn’t need the degree they got for the field they’re in. Do some investigating before college to find out if you like the career path you’ve chosen. Do an internship or shadow someone in the field to find out if the career is a good fit for you.
Finally, in anything you do, be sure to ask advice from God and others. God knows you inside and out and can help you find a career path that is right for you. Ask advice from others who know you. They’ll be able to help guide you into making a decision about college that is right for you.