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Back to School with Order and Zeal

By Sana Colter

 

Congratulations Class of 2013!  We may not have all moved to a different school, but we have all moved on to a higher grade and already the school year is starting again.  What a blessing the summer break has been as we are now able to come back to school renewed and refreshed.

Yes, school comes with a lot of pressure:  the school work, tests, teachers, friends, self-esteem, and our social lives.  This is the perfect time to put into practice the powers of Order and Zeal.

For a student, order (represented by James) is about neatness and having great organizational skills.  But order really means putting God first when going through trials and tribulations like during exam time.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (James 1:2 NIV)

With our study papers in order and our mind in Christ order, we will have only success!

The power zeal is also needed as we go through this school year.  Maintaining our enthusiasm beyond the first day of school will help us as we go about doing our homework and studying for our exams.  We will always be students, whether we are physically in school or not.  When we are no longer in the classroom, we will then be learning life lessons as we graduate into adulthood.  This school year let us get enthusiastic about everything – even the long hours spent studying.

When the work seems challenging and the hours spent in the library seem really long, don’t give up!  Lean on the Word to carry you through what I am claiming for all students everywhere - the best school year ever!

“Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV)