It will not be long before most of you will go back to school and many have already returned. I hope you had a fun summer. When you return to school you need to take some godly principles with you. They will help you do what is right and strengthen your relationship with God.
Start every day with prayer. You do not have to say a very long prayer about everything you need to pray about, but start the day asking for God’s help with all that you will face that day. Ask Him to help you with difficult people and your school work. During the day and at evening, keep praying to God and, during those times, pray for all who need your prayers. Our family prays together before going to work and school and it is a great way to start the day.
Remember your example. People will judge your relationship to God and the way of Christ by what you wear, how you talk, and how you treat other people. Remember that all you do is seen by God and by others. If you say or do something you should not do, tell the person you are sorry. You will teach them the importance of repentance. You have a great opportunity to teach others about God but you must live a good life that shows you believe what you are saying.
Remember God’s love. Some people may be unkind or mean to you.. Some that you thought were your friends may not act like friends. I know it makes you sad but remember that God loves you, your family loves you, and other people love you. It would be great if people never treated you badly but it is a part of life. However, there are people who do love you and will love you no matter what you can or cannot do. Of course, God always loves you and cares about you.
Do your work. It is tough to do our homework when we want to play video games or watch endless funny videos. However, we need to learn responsibility. Sometimes we have to say “no” to something we want to do in order to finish something we have to do. I like to promise myself a reward when I do something I have to do, but might not want to do. For example, if I finish my homework, then I can play video games for an hour. This makes me want to finish my homework quickly and I won’t have to worry about playing video games too long and forgetting to do the homework, getting in trouble, etc.
I’m sure you will do great this school year. Remember, do your best, obey your teachers, and love to learn.