The new school year can be an exciting prospect for both student and teacher — a fresh start, which brings with it crisp unmarked report sheets, shiny unused stationary, and a hope that this year, all goals will be met and progress smooth.

Yes, this is a great way to start things, but to have a really effective school year, the key is to adopt and maintain attitudes that enable success.

Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

In this chapter, it speaks of the attitude of Jesus being humble, selfless, and obedient (v.7-8). It encourages like-mindedness, highly esteeming others, unity, and peacefulness (v.2-3).

So how will encouraging and developing these attitudes at the start of the school year bring success through its course?

These attitudes, or characteristics, promote respect — respect for each person we come into contact with, respect of each other’s position and circumstance, and respect that every person is highly valued by their Creator.

Giving each other space to talk, loving-kindness in correction as well as promotion, and taking the side of peace instead of strife opens up a way of moving forward through times that could potentially stall, or even destroy, relationships and positive progress. These attitudes are the anti-venom to those poisonous traits — pride, selfishness, and unforgiveness — which, if left unchecked, can lead to dishonesty, lack of motivation, and carelessness.

Students and teachers need to be aware of the influence their attitudes have on the lives of one another.
When the new school year begins, make the choice to have attitudes that follow the example of Jesus; then watch and see how His joy gives each person the strength to achieve more.

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