At this time of year, the weather begins to change, the time changes, and we begin to think about the holidays. While all of this is good, we are also tempted to stop working, which is bad.
These are the times that separate the great students from ordinary kids. Ordinary kids are always looking for an excuse take a break. They do not live like people who believe they receive their life and health by God, to use for His glory, but as if these things are their right, to use as they please. They have selfish desires for play and idleness and don’t think about how they can honor their parents or serve others. They have to be made to act responsibly everyday by adults around them and they never achieve anything.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.“
The word student is derived from the Latin word studere which means “to pursue”. All children are “students”, it’s just that a small number of students pursue Wisdom and all the rest pursue nonsense. In our society, where children are required by law to spend their time in school until they’re adults, these years are wasted for most children. Don’t let that be true of you.
In a few weeks, we will celebrate Thanksgiving–not a time for stuffing ourselves with food, but a time for giving thanks to God for all of the gifts He generously pours out upon us day by day. Rather than goofing around thinking about the holiday, shouldn’t we live so as to show ourselves truly thankful to God? We can do so by honoring and obeying our parents, and taking care of our bodies and souls. During our youth, study is the main way to do that.
Vacation is time to rest our souls and bodies, and we take vacations from work during holy-days because our rest is in God. We celebrate holidays with family and friends, worshipping God together, not thinking of ourselves. We can best prepare for holy-days by working as hard as we can to become as useful as possible to those whom we love. Our holy-days can be celebrated with clear consciences and true joy only if we work when it’s time to work.
Get yourself organized today and re-commit to your studies. Don’t be discouraged when you get bored or tired–that’s normal because the work is hard and our energy is limited–but rouse yourself up like an athlete does in sports to get back to work and keep pushing on. Keep a balanced daily schedule, read the Bible every day for inspiration, get some light physical exercise to stay fit, and study as if competing for a championship. This is the true work of study and there are few who do it today.
The Apostle Paul taught us this Christian mindset when he wrote:
“Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus.”
God give you grace to study and make the best use of your time.
Classical Liberal Arts Academy
Mr. William C. Michael is the founding headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. He graduated from Rutgers University with an honors degree in Classics & Ancient History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Michael has worked in private education as a Classics teacher and administrator for over 20 years. He is a Roman Catholic homeschooling father of ten children, and keeper of a quiet family farm in North Carolina. Mr. Michael enjoys studying ancient natural philosophy, gardening, and running.