Endings are a great way to begin. Today marks my last day of summer. I am sad to see it go, but I am happy to embrace the new school year ahead. Tomorrow morning I will be loading up the car, packing it extremely tight just to fit everything I “need” and I will make the journey back to campus.
As the handful of hours I do have left pass by, I cannot help but reflect upon the summer and think about the hopes I have for my sophomore year. I had a wonderful summer filled with work, trips, family and friends. I explored the west coast of Michigan, flew on 5 different planes, found out that LAX does not have a lot of food choices and a saw a black bear in the Smoky Mountains. This summer was special to me and it gave me a lot of memories to cherish. It has left me refreshed and excited for the school year ahead.
Whether you have used up all of your vacation days for work, or you are going back to school, you have an opportunity to make a difference with your “beginning”. There are a few things that I want to share with you that can help make the transition easier, but also help you grow.
- Be encouraging.
With tons of negativity in the world, a little bit of encouragement can go a long way. We are supposed to love our brothers and sisters, and that includes loving them with the words that come out of our mouths.
Receiving a kind word can make someone feel like a million bucks. You never know what people could be battling with on the inside. A small hug or word can change an entire day around. Love with your words. Be an encourager.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
- Be in The Word.
Seriously. Open your Bible and read it every single day. Read it in the morning, at night, in between classes, on your lunch break, hanging upside down.. However you want to read your Bible, go for it. Just make sure you get it done. Sometimes it can be difficult to get excited about reading the Bible, but if you make an effort to read Scripture every single day, you will find that your attitude will change. Instead of focusing on your Bible reading as a chore, remember that it is time to learn about God and grow closer to Him. He provided us with the Scriptures for a reason. Now go find out why. 🙂
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
- Set goals.
I like to set goals for myself because it is a great way to stay motivated. I start off with small goals and once I reach them I continue to build upon my goals and aim higher.
What is something that you could work on this year? What do you want to learn about? Is there a hobby you have been thinking about taking up?
Your goals could range from getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night to memorizing 100 digits of Pi, but of course that is your decision to make. Set a goal for yourself and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment you will get once you reach it.
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. Proverbs 24:27
Be an encourager. Read your Bible. Set goals. Have a great ‘beginning’ 🙂