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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).


Thursday, May 30, 2024

Remember the Goal by guest blogger Katherine Pasour

  


Today we are honored to hear from Katherine Pasour as she introduces her new book designed to help high school students transition to college life. Welcome Katherine!

by Katherine Pasour @katherinepasour

 

When I first went away to college (many years ago), I discovered the card game of bridge. A group of students hung out in the student center, playing bridge at every opportunity. Unfortunately for me, I played a little too often, sometimes missing class to do so.

 It was not a wise decision on my part. I made a D in math class.

 Then I had to face my parents with a bad grade. I was prepared academically for college, but not so much for the independence that came with being a college student. I’d learned a new card game, made a new group of friends, and depended on what I thought was my past skill to get me through math with a good grade.

 

I was distracted by my enjoyment of being with friends, playing cards and socializing, and I took my focus off my goal—to do well in college.

 

I learned a valuable lesson—not just about college but about life.

 

There are even more distractions now—cell phones, social media, gaming, and the plethora of activities available through technology.

Whatever task, opportunity, or job that we're engaged in--we need to give it our all. Do our best. Stay focused. Keep our eye on the goal and make the commitment to do what must be done to complete the goal.


 Giving our best is a habit that stays with us for a lifetime and will serve us well from the time we are a student, beginning our career, advancing in our chosen field, or settling into the golden years of service and retirement.

 Below is a short devotion from Stay the Course: A Devotional Handbook to Survive and Thrive in Your First Year of College (and Beyond). This handbook offers practical advice, motivation, and encouragement (and some tough love when needed) to support students in their transition from high school to college. Some of these strategies continue to work for us even as we transition into careers, grow a family, and go forth to format additional goals in life.

 

Remember the Goal

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

You’ve had goals all your life and this new journey (college) is no exception. One of your goals is to do your best in school. Otherwise you will be wasting your time and your parents’ (or someone’s money). The college/university experience should be enjoyable but fun isn’t first priority.

When you throw a ball or run a race, it’s important to keep your eye on the target—to know what the goal is—to have your focus on your plan for success. Goals are important at any stage of life—from childhood through retirement and beyond. Some examples for a college student:

  • Go to all classes each day (keep up with online classes)
  • Don’t procrastinate (Stay ahead on assignments)
  • Turn homework in on time
  • Get involved in campus life, but not to the extent that it interferes with academics
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Make good grades

These are just some examples—your list may vary. But, as the Apostle Paul writes, the unseen goals are of utmost importance. Graduation may seem far away for a freshman, but those four years pass very quickly. Stay focused on the distant goals, too.

Your most important task will be to maintain your relationship with your heavenly Father. Read your Bible. Join a faith based campus group. Does your college have campus worship services? Can you travel home to church or find one near campus? Develop friendships that share your faith.

Prayer: My most important goal is keeping my eyes on you, my Father. I pray for guidance in all decisions and that I may find friends in my faith.

Join the conversation and share your thoughts. What other advice would you give a beginning college student?


Katherine is giving away a copy of Stay the Course. I will conduct a drawing from the comments that are left for this post until Wednesday, June 5, at midnight. 


From Katherine: I hope you will join me in prayer for our graduates. It’s a tough world out there!

Purchase link for Stay the Course https://mybook.to/QQq3h

Dr. Katherine Pasour is a retired college professor, an author, and a speaker. During more than four decades of teaching, greater than half at the college level, Katherine has taught and mentored thousands of students.

Katherine has degrees in health and physical education and religion, and a PhD in education. She has taught health and physical education to children, wellness to young adults, general education courses, and research classes for honors students, and she’s prepared students to be teachers.

An outdoor girl at heart, Katherine enjoys her farm animals, gardening, and hiking. Although pulling weeds or spreading mulch in her flowers aren’t her favorite hobbies, she finds these outdoor tasks are great stress relievers, especially in the spring when the fruits of her labor display their glorious blossoms.





Top Image by Alexandr Boreck√Ĺ from Pixabay

13 comments:

  1. Thank you, Barbara for the opportunity to be your guest. I'm praying for our new graduates as they take this next step in their journey--either into the work force or to college. They need our prayers and encouragement. Our young people are our future!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing with us here, Katherine. Our young people do need our prayers and encouragement. This book will help keep them focused on God as they venture into new territory. Blessings!

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  2. "Remember the goal" is such great advice, no matter what stage of life we're in. It can be so easy to get pulled into things that might be fun, but that keep us away from our true purpose. Another bit of advice I would add to that is to find others who have the same goals as you. That can make it easier to support each other and both stay on track!

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    1. Leigh, thanks for sharing that extra piece of advice. When we are around others with the same goals, we can be inspired to complete our own. Blessings!

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    2. Thank you, Leigh. We always need a support group. I'm grateful you shared your insight. College students benenfit greatly from having a group of friends who share their faith and values.

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  3. What a great resource for college students. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I pray Stay the Course will help our young adults on the new and exciting (but sometimes terrifying) journey.

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    2. Thanks for sharing, Sarah. Blessings!

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    3. Sarah, you won Katherine's book. Please message me with your address. Thanks for participating!

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  4. Yvonne Morgan6/7/24, 1:27 PM

    Great advice for college bound students. I remember my struggles that first year and I wish I had this kind of wonderful insight. Thanks Barbara for sharing.

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    1. I wish I had this information when I entered college too, Yvonne. Katherine has provided a wonderful resource for college freshmen. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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  5. The most profound lessons are often those learned the hard way Ms. Katherine. It's great to have so many in your newest book that helps make the path through that first foray into college an easier one. And thank you for hosting Ms. Katherine, Ms. Barbara.

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    1. Katherine does share much wisdom from her years of teaching. Students will gain a helpful resource to guide them through that first year. Thanks for sharing. J.D. Blessings!

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