“Saved by the Bell’ was one of my favorite TV shows growing up. The characters were relatable in a way that made sense to me. You had your typical athlete, which we would consider a ‘jock’. You had the cheerleader that every guy wanted to be with, and who the girls desired to be. You had the overachiever who was considered to be the ‘nerd’ or ‘most likely to succeed’. You had the actual nerd that people made fun of because they were a little different from you. You had the transfer student who was new, exciting and a bit intimidating. Last, but not least, you had the class clown/troublemaker, the leader of the group who would get you into trouble and talk their way out of trouble. Even though this show was made in the ‘90’s and being born in the early 90’s myself, I did not watch this show until my middle/high school days. Looking back on my school career, I would consider myself to be a combination of the jock and the overachiever, but more so the overachiever. Always wanting to be the best and joining every club I could while playing volleyball. I was not the best volleyball player, but I enjoyed making friends and being part of a group of girls who I could talk to in the hallways before class or sit with at lunch. School can be a scary place; especially if you are transitioning to a new grade or school, or if you are making the big leap from middle to high school. However, finding where you fit in among the crowd is something you get to decide.
Romans 8:37 tells us “But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” The concept of this Bible verse is that we are able to conquer or defeat all things that come our way because we have a God who loves us. We are also told in 1 John 4:4 that “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” With this in mind, you are able to overcome whatever obstacle and challenge you may face this school year. You can succeed because God is greater than anything and anyone in the world. That means God is greater than the bullies, God is greater than your insecurities, God is greater than the fear of failure, God is greater than your thoughts of not accomplishing your goals, and God is greater than all of the negativity that may come your way. Another Bible verse that comes to mind is 2 Timothy 1:7, when Paul tells Timothy “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and of a sound mind”.
As our summer break comes to an end and we start the process of waking-up early, picking out our outfits, getting our school supplies together, going to new student orientation, making new friends and getting back into a routine; ask yourself, who do I want to be? The choice is always yours. One last thing, try to get to class on time because you will always be saved by the bell.
Let’s go back to school!