“Real Life” is What You Make It
Mar 20 10:41 AM

“Real Life” is What You Make It

Mar 20 10:41 AM
Mar 20 10:41 AM

Sometimes I feel like I might be a student forever. If I have it my way, I’m signing up for as much school as any person can attend in their life. I’ve already been a student for 17 years, so although I don’t know everything, I have some experience in the crazy and sometimes erratic phase of “studenthood.”

I know the feeling of waiting for your life to start, thinking school is just a bunch of hoops to jump through so you can finally do what you want.

I know the seduction and danger of a mindset that says “I don’t have to work on growing spiritually until I’m an adult. What could I do now anyway?”

These attitudes grab ahold of us, they infect us and have consequences that last far beyond the date of our high school or college graduation. But you don’t have to believe that, those ideas only define you if you let them.

School can and should be a time when we prepare ourselves for a lifetime of serving God.

In order to do so, we have to watch out for the lies Satan’s dying for us to believe. If I kept count of the phrases I heard most going through school, I think the one used most frequently by students would have been, “when will I ever use this (referring to the Pythagorean theorem, the Bill of Rights, or whatever we’re learning at the time) in real life?” I know I’ve said that more than my fair share of times. And let’s face it, I haven’t used the Pythagorean theorem since 10th grade! So there’s that.

But more importantly, hidden in the heart of that phrase is a dangerous implication. Who says your years in school aren’t “real life”? What’s less “real” about your school day than your parents work day? This idea feeds into the lie that your life really starts when your formal education ends, and anything that happens before that doesn’t really matter. That’s an awfully dangerous mindset.

The truth is: What you do now matters!

If you think your years in school are a waste of time, you’re going to waste the time you spend in them. As hard as it is to believe, school is most likely the phase of your life during which you’ll have the most “free time,” you’re going to use that time on something, you might as well use it for God. What you do today establishes habits that last your whole life.

Also, students are still learning what they believe and who they are. It’s one of the most effective times to share the gospel. With every day that passes, people get more set in the paths they’re going to follow, and most of these paths lead away from the path of life.

Satan would love to render you ineffective by saying your life doesn’t matter yet, but God loves using the uneducated, the underqualified and the unprepared.

In other words, God loves using students.

It’s our job to make ourselves available to Him, and let Him work out the rest.

Are you a student, or do you know who would like to attend a youth ministry? MCC has two great Youth Ministry programs: Fire and Ice is a Mid-High Youth Ministry and The Hang-Out is a High-School Youth Ministry. 

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