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The Role of The Student in 2021

education Aug 30, 2021

I’ve been a student most of my life. For college, I attended Spalding University and Regent University. Prior to college, I was at LaGrange Elementary School, Oldham County Middle School, and Immaculate Conception School. While I was at Oldham County Middle Schoolmy mom threatened to send me to boarding school or a convent for high school. 

I was not a saintly little girl. 

Instead of boarding school, I was able to convince my mother to let me attend Mercy Academy for high school. For me, this was a fresh start and a way to start over. All of my sins from the past were “hidden” as I walked into orientation with students and teachers that did not know me. I was able to re-create my identity and start building a brand new reputation. Wow! What a gift. 

STUDENTS OF ALL AGES, life is hard. There is no doubt about it. If I can offer some advice as we start this school year, it involves two things. First, know who you are (identity, reputation) and second, think critically. 

Know Who You Are

When my daughter had a friend over to the house in their middle school years, the friend was dropped off by her father. As he left the front porch he said, “Don’t forget your name.” I found this statement intriguing and it caused me to step outside and question what he meant. He said that she was a [insert last name here], and because she was a member of this family there were expectations of how she should behave. How cool! What a great way to live on purpose.

Knowing who you are is critical to knowing what you will allow and what you will not allow in your life. Have conversations with your parents, guardians, or trusted adults that you admire to carve out your identity and pre-think your reputation. For me, by the end of high school, my reputation was a mess. It was not good. But, as I started high school I had a chance to start over and forge my way in the world with a more respectable self-image. I wasn’t perfect then, and I am not perfect now. But my reputation is much more important to me now than it was in those early years. I encourage you to reflect on your reputation, your identity, and who you want to be known as. It can be an empowering process.

Think Critically

As parents, we cannot protect our children from harm, temptation, evil, or bad influences. Knowing who you are will help you to think critically and examine what is going on around you. If you are uncomfortable with a situation, a conversation, or a topic in the classroom, speak up to a trusted adult and let them know. You are loved more than you can imagine and we do not want to see you hurt. Allowing toxic content into your mind is just as damaging as allowing physical harm to be done to your body. Ephesians 6:10-18 talks about putting on the full armor of God. Be careful what you allow into your mind, your eyes and ears, your body, your heart, and your soul. 

If you are a student and you want to live life with more intention, I encourage you to join us for our free, public monthly prayer meeting on the third Friday of every month at 6 am PT/7 am MT/8 am CT/9 am ET. You are also invited to join His Kingdom Matters where we equip and support Christians to integrate their faith in all areas of life.

Be vigilant. 

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