“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” 
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)

If you have ever been in chapel, or have spent time with Mrs. Collins, chances are you’ve heard her say the phrase, “Do the hard things.” No matter how old we are, be it Kindergarten or 11th grade, we all have things in our lives which can seem difficult and time consuming, such as big school projects and household chores. This can make the choice of procrastinating very tempting. But, if we procrastinate, it often results in us having even more work than we started with. That is why we must know how to manage our time wisely.

A new school year has started and we as students have much work to look forward to. But as much as we might like, it will not just be fun field trips and games of knock out; there will also be many difficult things we must take on. These things might be tests, after school commitments, or homework. With those things on top of school and church, we often find ourselves with not much free time. When this occurs, we may find ourselves thinking, “I’ll just do this later,” or “I have plenty of time.” It can be very easy to slip into this mindset of procrastination, and if we do, we can become lazy, putting off commitments to the very last moment.

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Although at first procrastinating may seem like a good way to handle a lot of work, it often makes it even more difficult for you by giving you twice as much work. When you put the work off until the last moment, you are not taking full advantage of the time which you have been given. Ecclesiastes 3:1 touches on this idea of using time wisely when it says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” Now, there is certainly a time to go play with friends, but there is also a time to study for an upcoming test, and we should prioritize things. In other words, we should first make room for the important tasks, tasks that challenge us and help us grow, and then make room for the less important ones afterwards. If you tend to procrastinate, try to get started on your task as soon as possible, as this will help you with managing your time. Doing these things will make us better stewards of our time and can help us to be more responsible and accountable with our commitments.

When faced with difficult things, we have two options: we can either use our time wisely, taking advantage of time to tackle the hard things, or we can procrastinate by using our time for the less important things. Therefore, I challenge you to pay attention to what things you devote your time to and to make sure that you do not find yourself procrastinating.

Chapel TalkAs part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Brandon, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).