Most parents will agree that when it is back to school time, there are challenges to be faced. We will be concerned about making sure they have the right school supplies, maybe some new clothing. Perhaps we’ll be worried about our child’s new teacher, or a different mix of kids in the class. All of these are self-focused worries!

I’d like to offer this thought as a new school year dawns: Our most important concern is how we—both students and parents—will impact the people around us. From the sermon on Mount to Great Commission, the followers of Christ were to be focused outwardly. This year, make an impact on others!

Remember your EXAMPLE.
We tend to focus on self at this time of year, but Romans 14:7 reminds us that none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. Our lives have an effect on others! We need to be careful not to be hypocritical (Rom. 2:17-24). Must be positive with our responsibilities (Phil. 2:14-16). And above all, we should shine for Christ (Matt. 5:16)!

Remember your MISSION.
If we are in Christ, we are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17-20). That new creation has a job to do! Paul said he was an ambassador for Christ, and we have a responsibility to be the same (1 Cor. 11:1). Students,  youth is no excuse not to be about our Father’s business (Jer. 1:4-7). If Jesus is your Savior, then He is your Lord too (2 Peter 3:18). Act like it!

Remember your PRIORITIES.
If you are a Christian, then your priority is the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33). There will never be a convenient time to put God first and yourself last (Matt. 16:24), so start now! Remember the heroes of the faith from past days (Heb. 11:13-16) and seek that heavenly city!

Starting a new grade brings new possibilities, new opportunities, and a new beginning. But don’t forget you can impact the life of someone else forever!

Remember your EXAMPLE, your PRIORITIES, and your MISSION!

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