The stewardship way of life is for everyone, even those who are young. As students go back to school as another summer has passed, it is a great time to reflect on how a student is called to live out his or her stewardship. Here are 10 things to focus on as the academic year begins.
- God has given you the gift of intellect and it should be used wisely.
Do not try to just get by in your classes. Offer your best effort and cultivate your intellect so you can become the best student possible.
- The work you do in class is your gift to God.
At this time in your life, you are called to be a student. What you do in class is your unique offering to God.
- Don’t waste the gift of time.
For generations, students have put off studying or class projects until the last-minute. That is being a poor steward of one of God’s greatest gifts: time. Learn to manage this precious resource.
- Always remember you are a part of a community, even if you don’t feel like it.
Unless you are homeschooled, other students trying to make sense of growing up and the need for school surround you, and at that, even homeschoolers have communities that they see periodically. You are never alone in the jungle of school and there are peers, parents, and school staff that are willing to help you discern what is best for you.
- Be grateful for the chance to be in school.
Millions of children all around the globe have had the chance to attend school taken from them. Their futures are severely compromised because they are missing the chance to learn basic knowledge that will allow them to prosper in the world. Never take your ability to attend school for granted.
- God is calling you today in your classroom.
Perhaps it is through a classmate, a teacher, or a circumstance, but somehow God is asking something of you each day. Be aware and stay mindful of all those who cross your path each day. Something or someone very important might cross your path, never to return again.
- Hold yourself accountable.
Don’t fall into the temptation of slacking off, not doing your work, or even worse, cheating. Integrity is a precious gift that should never be tossed away. No one else is responsible for your actions except for YOU.
- Embrace the entirety of your life as a student.
Growth in school is about more than books and subjects. God has filled this world with people to meet, sports to play, and moments to rejoice in life. Don’t let this time pass you by and get involved.
- Begin and end each school day with prayer.
When you awake, offer the day and all your efforts of the day to God, and then when the day is over, spend time with God reflecting on how you succeeded and how you failed as a good steward and disciple of Jesus. Allow God to walk with you throughout your day by creating bookends of prayer for your day.
- Stay committed.
The school year can be long. Make a commitment to stay focused and not fall behind. The good thing about the times we fail in that commitment is that we can recommit ourselves and begin again.
Be sure to share with students, parents, teachers, and your parish family. Have an awesome school year and always keep God as the main thing.
This list is also available as a downloadable PDF here.