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Published on September 2nd, 2014 | by Rachel Hatcher

10 Reminders As We Start a New School Year (And Life Gets Busy)




This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Doing Hard Things at School

We’re back in school. Homework is being assigned. Our schedules are getting busy and stress is setting in. But wait. Let’s take a minute to think — to remember what really matters this school year. Here are 10 things I’m trying to remember in the midst of the rising craziness:

1. Seek out fellow believers

We can be there to encourage, support, and build up one another, and to keep each other accountable. I’m not saying to form these “holy huddles” and exclude other people, or be rude to our non-Christian friends. We should still reach out to other people. But it’s so beneficial (and important) for us to be around those who inspire and encourage us to pursue God with all our hearts, and share the gospel with others.

2. Love people well

This is the foundation for how we treat people who cross our path: showing Christ-like love. Even in the little things, to show others you care, like listening to them, talking with them, which leads to the next point …

3. Befriend those who need a friend

They’re everywhere. They’re the ones sitting alone in the cafeteria, the ones by themselves in a corner, the little wallflowers that most people overlook, or who some ignore. I think this is something we can often forget to do (well, at least for me), but Christ was friends with the unpopular, the outcasts. (John 4:4-26, 8:2-11, etc.)

4. Our teachers aren’t our enemies

Our teachers are there to help us! And there’s nothing wrong with befriending them. I’m very blessed to have teachers who are all Christians, but I know that isn’t the case with everyone. If they’re not Christians, you can still pray for them and show them Christ’s love. And show them a lot of respect. Teachers really appreciate that.

5. Our enemies aren’t our enemies

Now this may seem kind of strange, but it’s true. We should try to be careful not to go out of our way to make enemies. If there’s someone we just *can’t* get along with (which definitely does happen), we should love them, pray for them, and (this probably might sound strange) also ask God to bless them. That’s, at least, what helps me if I am having a hard time getting along with someone.

6. Excel & praise God

Some people are good at sports. Others are the straight A’s student. Some people have the mind of Albert Einstein, and others the mind of Jane Austen. Or something. Whatever we’re good at, we should most definitely pursue it! But instead of doing it for our reputation, we should do it for God’s.

7. Make school a better place

There are so many ways to go about this. Standing up for what’s right. Sharing the gospel (without shoving it down people’s throats). Community service. And even just being … happy, and a joy to be around. And we should know that, whatever we do, concerning school, the way we act and behave should benefit our school, not hurt it.

8. Pray for our schools

We can pray for teachers, our Christian friends, non-Christian friends, the staff, anyone. The power of prayer should never be underestimated. Maybe pray that God will work in their lives, and draw them to Himself? Or pray that we will be a light to those around us?

9. Invite people to church

You know that guy who probably believes there is a God out there somewhere, but hasn’t fully committed his life to Christ? Or that girl who wants nothing to do with God at all? Maybe, after some thought and prayer, we could welcome those people to church.

10. Be a godly example

Be the kind of person who works hard & loves well. Stand up for what’s right, and stand up for others, come what may. Show love & respect to all, including the outsiders.

But really the entire basis of doing all these things is this: fostering a Christ-like, sacrificial love for others. All of them can only flow from a heart close to Jesus, and when we have a close, abiding relationship with the Father.

And this isn’t some kind of “legalistic list” that we have to follow in order to be a “good Christian student”, but they are good things to strive for, and they’re good things to remember (and may come in handy) no matter where we go to school.

What are you goals for this school year?


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is an ordinary 16-year-old with an extraordinary God, who aspires each day to pursue God and to glorify Him. She enjoys reading, hiking, and drinking coffee on rainy days. She strives to be an inspiration to those around her by sharing her love for Jesus and being an encouragement in times of need.



  • Abby M.

    Those are really great goals. I don’t go to public school, but I do belong to a type of homeschool group. While not all of those goals are needed as much for homeschool groups, a lot of them still apply. There are people who sit by themselves while you are laughing and talking with your group of friends. And respecting your teachers applies everywhere. Thanks for sharing! God bless!

    • Rachel Hatcher

      That’s right — they’re not just in public schools, but they’re everywhere: home school groups, private school, the work place, church, social events, etc. Even something as simple sitting down with them and talking to them will touch their hearts, I think :) Thank you!

  • I am homeschooled, but these are some great points that we can take anywhere in life, not just school. :)
    Thanks Rachel!

    • Rachel Hatcher

      Thank you bunches! :)

  • Madison W

    Great post, Rachel! 😀 I’m homeschooled, but I can find ways to apply all of your points to my life! Thanks for the reminders. As for my school year goals; I hope to actually try and commit myself to my studies, not just barely get through each math lesson etc. 😉

    • Rachel Hatcher

      Thank you! And, yes, me too 😉

      • Madison W

        Oh, by the way, I’ve just started Till We Have Faces! ;D Like seriously just started now and thought I’d tell you (I’m only on the 2nd page XP)

        • Rachel Hatcher

          Oh really? Haha oh, ok. Well, it’s pretty amazing!

  • Awesome sauce

    I love that. Number 8 is one that i can’t get enough of. and i’m homeschooled-which means praying for my mom and dad, and brothers. (Of which they could use more then what they are getting.

    And…. Abby M. I totally get what your saying. Lets rock our co-ops!!!

    • Rachel Hatcher

      There’s nothing like the power of prayer! So many people dismiss it and don’t pray at all. That’s great that you are!

    • Awesome Sauce, what happened to your account? You are displayed as a guest?

      • I had to change user names. I got hacked so i just deleted the first one and started over. It’s all cool now- but at the time i was a little (Ahem) mad. And i can use my real name-which rocks.

        • Oh! I didn’t make the connection! But I definitely should have! Sweet!

  • Halle Glushefski

    Thanks for this Rachel. I too am homeschooled, but I’m still going to apply these at home and at my church co-op. And I’m going to try to pray for school kids everyday knowing what some of them go through. That was a great reminder. Have a great school year everyone!!

    • Rachel Hatcher

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. These are things I have to remind myself every year!

  • Ezra Walls

    Great game plan! 2 and 3 I believe we can’t overdo :) This also also serves as a great reminder that our mission field is right in front of us most of the time. Thanks!

    • Rachel Hatcher

      So true!

  • Elisabeth

    Thanks so much for the post! I do attend public school and these are great ways to show Christ’s love to people who don’t know him. Keep writing!

    • Rachel Hatcher

      That’s great! And thank you :)

  • Excellent! Putting these things into words really helps us to refocus. Thanks a million, Rachel!

    • Rachel Hatcher

      Fantastic! :)

  • leinad

    Thanks that is very inspiring

  • Madeleine grace

    WoW! that was such a great article i loved so thought provoking and just so true. thanks whomever wrote that :) your awesome! lol

  • Madeleine grace

    And i know that i struggle with praying for my enemies or the kids that annoy me and if you just take it to God then he will make it better he’s amazing! I love God so much!

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