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Six Great Bible Verses for the New School Year

Ms. Dora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

New clothes and new books are only a part of the preparation for the new school year. Most important is the mental preparation—the resolve to accept new challenges and pursue new goals.

To help nurture the students' desire for success, here are six great Bible verses which can become guiding principles throughout the year. Even younger students can benefit if someone reads and explains these Bible quotes to them.

Advantage

For the land which you go to possess is . . . a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year (Deuteronomy 11: 10, 12).

The acquisition of new territory is an appropriate metaphor for students beginning the new school year. As they set goals and strategize to move forward, this verse assures that the caring eyes of God watch over them continually. They have a protection advantage!

In the original context, God promised the Hebrews leaving Egypt for Canaan that there would be no more bullying from the Egyptians, and satisfactory reward for their effort. That is, on condition that they submit to His guidance, and leave their past failures behind.

Students who do likewise receive the promise of year-round support from a caring God who helps with capability and good judgement.

Diligence

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men (Proverbs 22:29).

The individual who excels is described as: diligent, competent, skillful, efficient. Such students establish their academic goals as their main work, and they aim to perform beyond expectations. They follow instructions, complete class and homework assignments, and study the next chapter even before it is assigned. They do not habitually give in to tiredness or distraction.

Gill’s Exposition on the verse states that people with such diligence “will rise in the world”. They gain employment among, keep company with, and receive favors from people of substance as opposed to hanging out with the drifters. They strive for excellence. They prepare themselves for opportunities which come to exceptional individuals.

Friendship

He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20).

Students need the reminder to choose their friends wisely. The first part of the verse is clear, but the Pulpit Commentary suggests that the second part needs further explanation, and adds quotes from other sources:

  • The friends of fools shall turn out the same (Vulgate interpretation).
  • He that lives with cripples learns to limp (Dutch proverb).
  • He that lies with dogs will rise up with fleas (English proverb).
  • Evil communications corrupt good manners (1 Corinthians 15: 33 KJV).

It is foolish to join the company of classmates who think that rudeness and disobedience to teachers are funny, who find ways to cheat on exams, who practice bullying or discrimination, and misuse their media devices. These and all other unwise actions can help them to self-destruct.

The advice is to choose friends who respect and support each other, who exercise sound judgment in working steadily toward their goals, whose laughter aims at cheerfulness for everyone in the group. It helps for students to be the kind of friends they need, and to remember that wise friends may be few.

Control

For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 NET).

This is a great verse to post on a ruler, a notebook cover, or some other place where it can seen throughout the day.

Student can be overwhelmed by new challenges. Without courage, students may lose control to their fears. This verse helps them adopt an overcomer’s mind-set, namely: control the fear; don't be controlled by the fear.

Some Age-Related Student Fears

Middle School*High School**College***

Inability to keep up with work

Academic competition

Not being as smart as others

Not making friends

Not belonging to a group

Not finding a best friend

Forgetting locker combination

Getting lost trying to find classes

Weird roommates

Being too different (too tall, too short, disabled)

Pressure to keep up with trendy clothes and hair

Pressure to have sex

Being late and facing the consequences

Bullying; labelled geek because of good grades

Campus crimes

Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5).

Wisdom is defined by the King James Version Dictionary as “the right use or exercise of knowledge.” It begins with the awareness of an Omnipotent, Omniscient God who initiates understanding (Proverbs 1:7). The consciousness of His Omnipresence allows students to request His help in the learning process whenever and wherever they need it.

The important part of the prayer for wisdom is that the asking soon becomes an attitude of receiving since it is given continually. By asking, students open up their minds to a generous source of wisdom which is accessible to them for a lifetime.

Reward

You crown the year with Your goodness (Psalm 65:11).

The metaphor in the first verse extends to this final scenario in which the produce of the land is harvested, and the land owner sings praises for a bountiful crop.

A Great Day in June-Graduation Day

A Great Day in June-Graduation Day

From the beginning of the school year, students do well to visualize a glorious ending--personal growth, good grades, good times and graduation. Such a vision helps them focus on their need for supernatural guidance, personal diligence, wise friendships, a winner's mentality and daily prayer for wisdom.

Students do their best, God does the rest and the school year ends with great success!

References

*Scholastic.com, Kids Biggest Middle School Fears (http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/back-to-school/kids-biggest-middle-school-fears)

**Mandel, Joshua Psy.D. Social Life in Middle and High School: Dealing With Cliques and Bullies – July 2010 (http://www.education.com/reference/article/bullying-in-middle-and-high-school/)

***Education.com, 8 Things First-Year Students Fear about College (http://www.education.com/reference/article/things-first-year-students-fear-college/)

© 2015 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 17, 2016:

Elle, I'm encouraged by your thoughtful comment. Thanks!

elle64 from Scandinavia on September 14, 2016:

Thank you for making this beautiful hub.

Aeva Gono from Philippines on October 10, 2015:

Yes I do, by God's grace and guidance :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 10, 2015:

Evane, I appreciate your feedback. Hope you did well and still do very well in those two areas.

Aeva Gono from Philippines on October 09, 2015:

I can very much relate to 3 and 5 :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 03, 2015:

Chitrangada, you are so kind and sweet. I appreciate your support and also take pleasure in reading your contributions. Hope we continue to share, going forward. Thank you very much.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 02, 2015:

Wise words of wisdom in a well written hub!

These are great verses for everyone to follow and remember not only during the school years but throughout our lives.

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you for the well deserved Hubbie award. I feel honoured to follow you!

Thank you!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 02, 2015:

Thanks, Jackie. I appreciate your support.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 02, 2015:

Congrats on the Hubbie!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 02, 2015:

Nell, hopefully we can share it with our younger relatives who are still in school. Thanks for your kind comment.

Nell Rose from England on September 02, 2015:

What a great hub! and something we should all have read and taken notice of when we were at school!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 02, 2015:

Dianna, this comment from the winner of "Best Teacher" means very much to me. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 02, 2015:

Thanks, Paula. I appreciate your support.

Dianna Mendez on September 01, 2015:

Our children face difference types of challenges than we did years ago. These verse are wonderful and your reflection on age-related fears are very much what is felt today. This is a good post for all parents and their children to read.

Suzie from Carson City on September 01, 2015:

Ms Dora...Congratulations on your 2015 HUBBIE AWARD!! You deserve it and we're proud of you!......Peace, Paula

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 01, 2015:

Thanks Faith! Like I told Christy, I will make the effort to deserve it, going forward! I will send your congratulations from another post. Blessings on you, too.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 01, 2015:

CONGRATS MSDORA ON WINNING ANOTHER HUBBIE!

Well-deserved!

God bless

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 27, 2015:

Frank, that would certainly be beneficial. Thanks for your encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 27, 2015:

Peachpurple, they're interesting for real. Thanks for your affirmation.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 26, 2015:

a back to school pass.. that's what this hub should be.. useful MsDora, very useful :)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 26, 2015:

i like the friendship quote, wonderful quotes

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2015:

Flourish, thanks for being so kind. Glad you like the New Year start.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 21, 2015:

This is an encouraging way to start students off in their studies this year. You can always be counted on for such wisdom.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2015:

You know it, Shauna. Thanks for your affirmation.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 21, 2015:

What a wonderful way to get the school year off to a good start! Positive affirmation always helps to put the jitters and insecurities at bay.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2015:

Doc, it's good to hear from you. Thanks for your affirmation on these verse; means a lot to me.

Yvette Stupart PhD from Jamaica on August 21, 2015:

Thanks MsDora. Your hub is a source of instruction and encouragement for students at all levels, whether they are starting a new school/college or are returning students.

Students will need to make wise decisions as they move through the academic year, and asking God for wisdom will make the difference as you suggest.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2015:

Patricia, I receive the morning angels and share your concern about the need for prayer in schools. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2015:

Vandana, thanks for your short and sweet comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2015:

Faith, I can tell that you're just as excited as Lily about her new friends. Your grandchildren are so blessed to have you as their grandmother. Thanks for sharing.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 21, 2015:

Wonderfully shared, Ms. Dora.

Having these thoughts in mind will keep them wrapped in God's armor.

It saddens me that prayer was taken out of school. And we were not even supposed to talk about God or religion but I did. And when I did I told the kids that I might be fired for saying what I was about to say and then I went ahead and said it.

Thank you for sharing this, MsDora.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Vandana Patel from India on August 20, 2015:

Just wonderful.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 20, 2015:

Fantastic hub, MsDora! If students would focus on these truths here you have shared, they will surely have a wonderful and successful school year. I will keep these in mind when I see my granddaughters, one just started kindergarten and the other is now in second grade. First thing, Lily, the kindergartener, told me was that she has four new friends. She is so happy about that, and I remember always telling my children to be sure to choose their friends wisely. It makes all the difference in the world. God loves us so much and in His Word, He gives us everything in this life, if we only do as He tells us.

God bless you always

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Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Thanks, Jackie. I think it's really the quotes that hold the wisdom, and yes, heeding them in youth can make such a difference in later life. I appreciate your kind feedback.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 20, 2015:

If young people would take these words to heart while they are young and not have to learn the hard way!

You are full of wisdom Dora and may your words help many!

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Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Thanks, Britt. I appreciate your encouragement.

Britt on August 20, 2015:

You are such an outstanding writer!!!! Love this

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Blossom, I wish the young would recognize the Scriptures as a source of comfort and courage. Thanks for your comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Will, there are so many good reads to get from the Bible. Thanks for your encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Denise, you're right about these verses being useful for a lifetime. Thanks for your affirmation.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on August 20, 2015:

A great choice of verses to encourage when the going can get tough for the young.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on August 20, 2015:

The Bible is full of wonderful advice and direction! Good points, MsDora!

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on August 20, 2015:

It is amazing how quickly the summer flies and the crispness of autumn signals the beginning of another school year! These are great verses for us to take with us and remember during the school year, and throughout our lives. We all have beginnings and endings, things to learn, and challenges over which to triumph!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Thanks, Whonu. Your comment is very encouraging.

whonunuwho from United States on August 20, 2015:

Beautiful verses my friend and so appropriate in our daily living. whonu

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Thanks, Marlene. Your comment encourages me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Denise, you make me smile. Thanks for your funny-serious comment. No Burger King this time.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Pastor Bill, that's what I find interesting about the Bible It is so applicable to the various situations in life.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Bill, I can relate. Teaching school was my first job until I got my own children. Thanks for your approval of the verses.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 20, 2015:

Wonderful! I always enjoy the scriptures you use to share wisdom. These are very fine words to live by MsDora.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 20, 2015:

Very good choices and photos. I love the diligence. We will stand before kings... and in this country that doesn't just mean Burger Kings. It could mean Senators and Presidents. Awesome.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 20, 2015:

Hi MsDora,

I'm out of the parenting stage and into the grand-parenting stage. Still the Bible is applicable to everyone at every age, and I think you've shown that - and thank you!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 20, 2015:

This used to be a very busy time of year for me when I was a teacher. Now, it's just another calendar day. :) Love the verse choices you made, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Kathleen, thanks for reading, sharing and making a kind comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Thanks Word, sor reading and sharing. Hoping some adults will read these verses to the kids who are not quite able to read them.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 20, 2015:

Eric, you make me smile so often, but I can relate to some of those childhood ears myself. Thanks for your kind comment.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on August 20, 2015:

Amen. What great insight. SHARING on HP and Facebook. Wonderful timing Ms. Dora!

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on August 20, 2015:

Hey Dee, great way to reach out to our youth. This was very much on time. Voted up and sharing!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 20, 2015:

How delightful and instructive is the word of the Lord. Hmm, for children you say? It would appear I am somewhat stuck in the middle school years/fears. Thank you for bringing Him into my home.