Well, it’s that time again. Summer is sadly coming to an end and it’s time for another school year. Too bad there’s no summer vacation for those of us who work, but now that I’m in grad school again it’s like I’m re-living a part of my childhood.
Thinking back on my high school days, I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. But of course, when I was in it, I remember how excruciatingly slow time seemed to pass. It seemed like the road ahead was so long and I’ll never get to where I am now.
I think it can be really easy if you are still in school to feel antsy and just be anxious to finish your education so you can get out into the “real” world. And especially if you feel called by God to a particular vocation, the training part can be so frustrating because you want to be out there actually doing God’s work.
As you look forward to doing God’s work in the future, don’t forget the kind of witness you can have to the Gospel by the way you go through your schooling now. Remember that many of the commands of the Bible have to do with everyday living, to display the fruit of the Spirit whatever context you are in.
You can do the kingdom work of making the Gospel attractive when you have an attitude of joy and peace in the face of exams, when you refuse to cheat, when you reconcile instead of gossip. You are preparing to serve others in the name of Christ when you decide to serve your fellow students now. You are cultivating the sacrificial love of Christ when you decide to love those that are unpopular now.
So, whether you are sharing the Gospel as a missionary, healing the sick as a medical doctor, or sitting in your zero period class half-awake, God’s glory is at stake in the way we act and interact with those around us. Let’s be faithful with what we have been entrusted now so that God will entrust us with greater when the time comes.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
How can you make the Gospel attractive in your current context now?