There is this little thing in life that all of us have to go through – school. And for many of us, this doesn’t stop once we graduate high school but continues for at least three to four years after as we try to get a college degree.
This little thing is not so little. It goes on from day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year – and it is very easy to feel just a tiny bit stuck. As we go through our daily routine, we find ourselves wondering if there is any light at the end of the tunnel and if any of it will even be worthwhile in the end. We find ourselves feeling like all it is, is an obstruction from the life we would really like to live.
I believe that we often have the wrong view of how our life actually is. Now, I don’t want to be one of those people who is constantly reminding you that you have ‘a great opportunity’ and ‘you should be grateful’, but pause and think for a second about how true that actually is. There are many who will never get to have the education we are receiving for a variety of reasons, and so we are privileged.
We need a change in perspective. Not just in the fact that we are fortunate, but in why we have been given this period of learning and study.
1. A Time to Learn
Obviously, we all know that the reason we are in school is to learn. But it’s not simply about what we are taught in the classroom. It is a time to learn about the amazing world, people, and languages that God created.
Romans 1:20 tells us, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (ESV)
God is revealed in all that we study and, with the right perspective, we can see Him in all that we learn.
2. A Time to Grow
There are two things that I feel people need to understand more about their time of education.
The first is that it is okay to feel like it is really hard. It is hard for the stage of life you are currently in. If you are in 8th Grade, you should be stretched at an 8th Grade level; and if you are in 11th Grade, you should be stretched at a 11th-grade level. We should stop looking down on those who are not at our level and say, “that’s not hard, just wait until you get to where I am”.
But my second point complements the first: your life is actually fairly easy right now. Teenagers have a lot more time when they are in school than adults who have jobs, families, and extra weights and responsibilities. So use your time. Use your time to grow, both in spiritual things and other things. Practice your musical instrument, read your Bible, work on your writing skills, go on those mission trips. You have this time to grow.
Being stuck is largely a state of mind. Do you view your education period as something you have no choice in and it happens to be frustrating, or do you view it as an opportunity?