Individuals can renew their mind and their purpose at the start of the academic year
September brings with it a time of seasonal and personal change for many people. Millions of students all over the country are either heading to Christian colleges and universities for the first time, or returning to continue their studies. Men and women of faith who are joining them in their own academic endeavors can use the start of the new academic year to rededicate themselves to both their faith and their studies.
A commitment to growth
Resolving to study hard and do well academically is not just good sense, it is also rooted in Scripture. The book of Proverbs 16:3 reads, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” This means that believers should pray about their decisions, commit to honoring Him in their actions, and He will reward their diligence in time.
This principle can also be applied in an academic sense. If men and women of faith studying at Christian colleges and universities are aware of a specific class or subject area in which they are struggling, committing to improving their knowledge and performance in this class could reap a range of benefits later on. Even if Christian students are doing well in all their classes, dedicating themselves to rigorous study is a worthy goal at any time of the academic year.
A regimen of well-rounded study
Just as students should commit themselves to maintaining their momentum or setting out on the right foot at the beginning of the academic year, it is crucial that personal Bible study time is not sacrificed by believers, no matter how busy their schedules may be.
A well-known verse that illustrates this principle excellently is Romans 12:2, which reads, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” For men and women of faith enrolled at Christian colleges and universities, this could serve as a reminder that while college is a time to explore new ideas and meet new people, it is vital that they maintain their faith by studying the Bible on a regular basis.
The beginning of the academic year is an exciting time to be a student, and believers should strive to be both the best student and follower of Jesus Christ they can be.