Priorities – Jun 11

by Ebnu Wiyono


            I’m the only son in my family who been sent to study overseas. So, I was grateful and yet scared as well as I didn’t have any relatives in Sydney, except my cousin. However, as time goes by, I found a lot friends in here. I started to realize that this kind of life is good. I can do whatever I want without asking my parents’ permission. I started to work and get my own money, I can play games all night long, I can spend money to buy things that I want etc. However, at one point, I started to realise that these are not the main purposes why my parents sent me to Sydney. They sent me here so that I study well.

            This leads me to priorities things in my life. Listing priorities is very important in our life, especially during the university life. Remember, as a student, your main priority is to study well. Your main goal is not to achieve P in your exams result, but it should be HD. Therefore, there are 2 things that I would like to share in order for us to be able to make the right priorities in university life:


1. Before you decide to do something, consider this: Is this thing beneficial and constructive? I Corinthians 10:23 says: Everything is permissible–but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”–but not everything is constructive’. Playing games too much is obviously not beneficial and constructive. I’m not saying playing games is wrong, but too much of it will destroy your uni life. Always balance your life. Things like: group study in library, joining positive organisation (like BIG) are beneficial and constructive.


2. Your study is your 1st priority when you are still in university. I saw a lot of my friends who work too much in order to get a lot of money, and yet their grades are bad. They don’t care about their study, they love to work because they love to get more money. Remember, they main purpose your parents work hard to send you here, is for you to study. Working is not your priority, not yet.


            Even though I say study is your 1st priority, I don’t mean to put God as your 2nd priority. God is more than our first priority. He can’t be prioritised. He is above our priorities, He is everything in our life. Its because you know God, you know that your 1st priority in uni life is to study well. So, live a university life guided by Holy Spirit. When we let God guide your uni life, I can guarantee it will be fun, beneficial and constructive. Make impacts in your uni life!


Galatians 5:25: if we live by the Spirit, let’s also be guided by the Spirit.

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