Applying a positive spiritual outlook to your studies
For students who choose to enroll at an online Christian college, studying online can seem like an ideal way to advance their skills without sacrificing existing commitments. However, online education requires a great deal of discipline. How can individuals enrolled in online Christian universities apply healthy, positive values to their academic experience?
Those who have studied the Bible know that although the phrase “God helps those who help themselves” isn’t Scripture – it was actually coined by Benjamin Franklin – the principle is a valuable one.
Students enrolled in degree programs at online Christian colleges should demonstrate honesty and integrity in their studies. This means resisting the temptation to use Google and other resources on the internet if such tools are not permitted by the class’ instructor.
The Bible says much about the value of hard work. One Scripture that could be particularly relevant to online education is Proverbs 13:4. The New Living Translation reads “Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” This is particularly important to remember when studying online. Although these programs offer a great deal of freedom, they require commitment, dedication and hard work.
Even choosing which major to study can be an opportunity for Christians to exercise their faith. Before selecting a subject, individuals enrolling in online Christian colleges should ask themselves if their motives are true. Many career paths certainly benefit the individual, but some vocations bring glory to God and His Kingdom more than others. The Bible says that God wants to see His children prosper, but only if their desires are aligned with His will. Students who want to enroll in degree programs offered by online Christian colleges should ask themselves how their planned career path can serve God and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is sometimes said that helping others can be a great way to help yourself. This concept is supported by Scripture, specifically Deuteronomy 15:10. The New International Version reads “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”
This could be especially relevant to individuals studying for their degree at an online Christian college. Although studying online can place additional demands on an individual’s time, this shouldn’t interfere with their ministry responsibilities. Students enrolled in online degree programs should make sure they have the time to continue to serve the Lord by helping others.