BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"And do this because you know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh."
Summer has come and gone for me, as today is the day I move back up to school and begin my junior year of college. Scary, right? It's been a whirlwind summer of working and growing up, but that journey isn't completely over yet, as it's what is fondly known as life.
So as we all continue through life, here are some life lessons brought to you by me from my summer at home in Detroit. Enjoy!
1. If you're in college currently, or even in high school, start learning how to use Excel. I'm serious! It's super useful for organizing your life and I can promise you it's never too early to learn how, because most jobs require it.
2. You're going to start disagreeing with your parents on bigger issues. Just remember that they raised you and still know what's best on most occasions, so if you're going to disagree with them on something, make sure you're doing it for the right reasons and have really thought about it. Also take into consideration that the Catholic Church's teachings are universal - which means God is always the right answer.
3. Standing up for yourself is super important, but so is taking a breather and not saying anything at all. You have to learn the balance, but here's a hint to getting there: if your values are about to be compromised, you should probably say something!
4. Find a way to tangibly connect to God. Sometimes it's hard to feel His presence and know He's watching over you, so find a good way to really feel Him. I use a Prayer Box, where I write a prayer down and put it in the box for God to take care of. Other ways could be going to the chapel and just sitting with Him or singing a praise and worship song. Whatever works best for you, help yourself be close to Him.
5. You're worth everything to God.
I hope you ladies have had a fabulous summer and that your transition to the new school year brings you lots of joy and healthy changes! It's our time to shine in God's Glory!
Your Laughing Sister,