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9 Ways to Make a Difference This School Year

Have you ever wanted to change the world?

I have. But I’ve learned that changing the world often looks very different from how I’ve envisioned it. I can tend to think that changing the world looks like ending world hunger, finding a cure for cancer or raising hundreds of dollars for a cause I believe in. However, the truth is that changing your world often looks more like smiling at a stranger, praying for an unsaved family member or taking a sad friend out for ice cream. Going back to school can give you a great opportunity to make every little moment of your year count and to change the world through so many little, important ways. Here are just a few.

  1. Pray for someone. This is something we can easily tend to overlook, but it’s super important, which is why I have it at number one! If you want to change your world, first start with your knees on the ground.
  2. Invite your friends to church with you. I know it can be scary to step out of your comfort zone and invite your unsaved friends to church with you. Do it anyway! Just ask a simple, “Hey, what are you doing Sunday morning?” And go from there!
  3. Befriend someone new or lonely. I think we all know how it feels to be the new kid somewhere. Whether it’s a new school, a new church or a new neighborhood, being new can be incredibly lonely and scary. Reach out and be a friend to the new person at your school or church.
  4. Pay attention in class. I know it’s so much more fun to be doing anything else besides studying (math is the last thing I want to spend my time on), but do you know how frustrating it must be for teachers when we don’t listen? Do your best this year to study hard and pay attention to your teacher in class. Show your appreciation for all they do.
  5. Encourage someone. This doesn’t have to be super big or elaborate. Maybe it can be as simple as a sticky note on a friend or sibling’s locker door or backpack saying, “I love you! Have a great school day!”
  6. Tutor/mentor someone younger than you. We all know how it feels to look up to someone older than us. When was the last time you thought about someone looking up to you? Whether we realize it or not, there are little eyes looking up to us all the time! Invite one of these kids into your life and tutor them for school or mentor them for Bible study.
  7. Just smile! Stay positive. Life is tough, yes, but our attitudes can help change our perspectives. Smile and be joyful. As Christians, we have so much to be thankful for. Celebrate everything God has done in your life and wear that beautiful smile of yours.
  8. Dress modestly. At the start of a new school year, it can be very tempting to dress according to the fashions so you’ll fit in with everyone else. Girls, let me encourage you that you can absolutely dress fashionably while still dressing modestly. Honor God and the guys around you this school year.
  9. Volunteer over the weekend. Make plans to use part of your weekends to help others. Maybe you can volunteer at a local soup kitchen, a local pregnancy crisis center or a local church event. Give back your time to God and do something big for Him.

 

—Guest post by Isabella Morganthal

Isabella Morganthal (20) is the indie published author of four books. She founded her own magazine ministry in 2013 and has contributed to several other magazines. She blogs over at: www.Jesusisworthitall.weebly.com and she’d love to connect with you there.

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