Anyone who knows what midterm season is like? Day in day out, you’re attending lectures, participating in seminars and tutorials, studying your notes, researching articles, writing essays, blah, blah, BLAH. Yeah, go ahead, hate on it. Because it IS BLAH.
School will always be school, just like your home will always be home. But you know what else is constant? God. God and His presence in your life. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” If you’re like me and you’ve transferred schools more than 5 times in your life, you know what it’s like to have to adapt to a new environment. Maybe you’ve had new jobs every year? Perhaps you’ve gone in and out of relationship – Idk what change you’ve had to encounter, but I’m happy that you did!
Why? Well, I’ll tell you one thing: I’m not a scholar, but I’ve got faith! I’ve’ got faith that those changes have allowed you to become more mature, more aware, and more educated of the world around you, yourself, and your abilities. These assignments and papers, don’t get be wrong, they’ve bogged me down enough, to make me think that I’m not smart enough to get them done on time or well enough – but who’s to say that that’s all? Is school your end-all-be-all? Heck to the no!
This past week, the theme of conversation amongst many of my close friends can be summed up into this: there’s more to life than school and work. #nuffsaid
Yeah, right… is that what you’re thinking? Well, stop thinking that way and change your attitude friends! If you’re in school like me, it may seem like this is IT. This is ALL WE HAVE right now. Which in a sense is TRUE, but it’s not ALL. – don’t you have a family? Don’t you have hobbies? Don’t you have friends you haven’t really talked to in a while? Is there a recipe you wanted to try out a couple of months ago? What about that movie you’ve been meaning to watch? Or that book waiting to be cracked open in your shelf? Bottom line is there’s more to life than school and work.
I’m not encouraging you to stop focussing on your school work or work work (LOL). What I am trying to say, is that you’ve got to stop focussing in TOO MUCH. You know what it’s like to fully zoom in? – you’re basically doing some macrophotography and seeing only what’s in front of you. Which is great because you get all the details, but you tend to miss out on the bigger picture. Take a step back and un-zoom a little bit. Realize that there’s more to life than school and work!
Be a diligent student and a responsible employee, but don’t let your role, performance, or abilities define you. “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”” Ecclesiastes 12:1.
Remember why you’re where you are in the first place. If you don’t know why you’re there — then take time and think about why you are where you are. Reflect on the struggles that you had to go through to get where you are. Appreciate succeeding through your failures – they weren’t all useless.
Consider yourself being refined day by day to become a better person. Strive for your best, everyday. Each day is another opportunity to be better than you were yesterday.
As I always say, “I am who I am today, because of my yesterday.”