Starting a School Year Well

Since local schools are starting soon and most colleges and universities already back in session, I thought of posting some helps for starting this new school year well.

There are many things to consider in preparation for school. With the regulations and mandates on how to deal with Covid19 on top of the already exciting and possibly stressful time of starting classes, you may want some help! I hope the following tips will be an encouragement to you.

Work Hard. I love the words of Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9:10.

Plan ahead and anticipate what is next. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; Consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, And gathereth her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6–8.

Make good friends. “Make no friendship with an angry man; And with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, And get a snare to thy soul.” Proverbs 22:24–25.

Stay morally right. “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4.

Get some rest. “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Mark 6:31.

Be physically healthy. Physical exercise, and good nutrition are very important. Most of our health is beyond our control, but we can control our habits for exercise and eating. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19–20.

Keep praying and spending time with God in Bible reading. No matter your life circumstances or what happens in this new school year – if you stay close to God, you will find the rest, peace, and blessings of the Lord in your life. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29–30.

I am praying for you to have a wonderful school year! If you need to talk, get some counsel, or have a prayer request, please let me know.

Published by Pastor Steve

Steve Harness and his beautiful wife, Natalie, are blessed with three children. They have served in ministry together for nearly 20 years and have been in Wilton, NY since 2009. Pastor Steve enjoys drinking Dunkin coffee and watching the New York Yankees baseball and Memphis Grizzlies basketball. Steve has a varied ministerial education, including a Bachelor of Bible from Pensacola Christian College, a Master of Ministry from Bethany Divinity Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Bethany. Currently, he is enrolled in the Master of Divinity (Christian Education) program at Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to pastoring the Wilton Baptist Church, he is also the principal of the Wilton Baptist Academy in Wilton, NY. He serves on the board of the New York Association of Christian Schools. Both Steve and Natalie are thankful for each opportunity the Lord has given to them, and they desire to “serve the Lord with gladness” while seeing people saved and advancing in their walk with Jesus.

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