A Word of Encouragement

How to Be an A+ Student

Psalm 119:10-16

I have tried hard to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. I praise you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. I have recited aloud all the regulations you have given us. I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.

 

It’s Time to Put on Our Thinking Caps!

As school is about to begin (or already has for some), I would like to share some thoughts on how to become an A+ student. It is quite a challenge these days. I think most of us that have finished our education will agree that we wouldn’t want to go back to school now and have all the demands that the schools expect today.

 

But “Trying Hard” isn’t what “cuts the mustard.”

I often think of a story my cousin shared about attending medical school. He asked his father, “How am I going to memorize all this information?” His father’s response was “memorize scripture”.

 

Your first response might be like mine, “How is more memory work going to help me memorize what must be memorized?”  It’s a mystery, my friend. All I know is that placing God’s Word in my mind makes room for everything else. Much like tithing, giving God the first 10% of our study time makes the last 90% go further.

 

For those of us “getting up in age”, I propose that if we would continue to set our minds to memory work, it is likely that our memories would remain sharp.

 

There’s only one way we can apply knowledge to life. Know it – inside and out! As I read Psalm 119 today these directives came to mind on How to Study .. (your Bible or your school work)

How to Become an A+ Student

  1. Work hard, Don’t let your mind wander. – Stay focused. For some of us this is difficult but keep training your mind.
  2. Hide His Word in your heart. MEMORIZE!
  3. Be teachable. Psalm 119:18 says “Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instruction.”
  4. Recite His Word. Deut. 6:4-9 says speak of it all day long.
  5. Celebrate Learning (Spiritual and educational) We will often celebrate a good report card. But when was the last time you celebrated your spiritual birthday? Or when you met a spiritual goal?
  6. Meditate on it. Think about it all day long. Carry cards with scripture or facts you need to learn. Find ways to remind yourself of certain facts/scriptures.
  7. Take joy in learning more. Don’t count it as drudgery. Don’t neglect your studies. No procrastination.

 

Let’s work together to never stop learning!

 

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