Hello, hello, hello!
High school is pretty crazy a lot of the time, especially if you're involved in something like Quizzing, or if you have a part-time job, or if you volunteer somewhere, etc..
And this time in high school is pretty exciting, because we're preparing ourselves to jump into adulthood, and "starting" our lives, where we can work towards our purpose and making a difference in the world. That's why we're working to hard to learn things and get good grades; that's why we're working and saving up money for a further education; that's why we do things that build character.
But let me ask you this (and this is something I had to ask myself a few months ago as well):
Why do we have to wait?
That's we're going to talk about today....
First off, we only have so much time on this earth before we step into eternity with God. In perspective of eternity, we are barely even here on earth anymore - That's crazy! BUT the thing is, this short moment of time, is the moment that will AFFECT the rest of eternity.
I think of life as four quarters of a game. Each quarter is 16 years. That adds up to 64 years, so everything beyond that is overtime - EXTRA time to make a difference in peoples' lives. Just because you're under 18 doesn't mean that you're not in the game. Throw that thought/belief out the window!
I'm 17; I believe that I'm in the second quarter of my life. The second quarter of my game.
I just said it, but I'm going to say it again - THAT'S CRAZY!
I don't have any time to waste. I can't wait until I'm out of high school, and sit out of the game! I want to get in there, and start making a difference TODAY, and start working towards my vision, and towards my purpose TODAY!
Like I said, high school is crazy. There's a lot going on, and often, there's a lot of pressure (self-induced or not, it's still pressure). It's easy to say "I don't have enough time to do that right now" and "when I graduate, that's when I'll start working on/in/towards my purpose".
One of my favorite people to follow on social media, is Caleb Maddix. One thing he says, is that saying "I don't have enough time" is the biggest lie you can tell yourself. (By the way, he's a 16-year-old self-made millionaire.) And I love how he talks about time, and free time.
You know, one of my life-long biggest struggles, has been my time. Being homeschooled, time is something that I've HAD to learn how to manage and make work for me (because I want to graduate, LOL). That's one big reason why I got my first job at Chick-fil-A at 14, and why I got my second job at Starbucks at 17 - Because that outside force brings a lot of structure to my routine, and structure really helps with time management.
"If you say you don't have time, you're lying to yourself." (Caleb Maddix)
Most of us waste a whole lot of time.
If it takes me an hour to write a blog post, I could just trade that for one episode of TV.
One episode, I could trade, to put out a piece of genuinely good content, that fires me and my readers up, and gives me a GREAT feeling of satisfaction, and having accomplished something during my lunch break.
Man, find the time you're wasting, and MAXIMIZE it, if you want to achieve success in your purpose. Imagine what would happen if you did!
When I'm managing my time well, I can get a lot done in a day. Right now, I aim for a 17/7 routine (awake for 17 hours, asleep for 7 hours). In those 17 hours, I should be able to EASILY get a lot done, and make actual PROGRESS towards where I want to be. In school, work, online ministry, fitness, personal growth, relationships, creativity, etc..
I love the feeling of going to bed, KNOWING that I have worked my face off all day, and gotten things done. Hard work is my happy place.
BUT, at the end of the day, "hard work" is empty. You know why?
Because what really matters, is who you affect in your hard work, and how you do so.
If you don't have a clear vision, purpose, and passion in life, then you'll burn out all the time just like I have. We have to keep what MATTERS, in front of us - making impact that lasts through eternity.
Even within this website, I can forget why I'm doing it. But whenever I remind myself, that it's to encourage other people, and help them, it's a piece of cake to put out three-four pieces of content per week! That's where I really genuinely enjoy working on it, and that's where (ironically) my best content is made, and where I don't feel like I "have to", but WANT TO.
Your WHY, is what is going to drive you long-term.
It's good to work, yeah. But what are you working TOWARDS?
In the next post, we're going to be talking about FINDING what your purpose is, and how to work towards that, even while you're still in high school.
Guys, I love you and I will see you again soon! Keep quizzing and living victoriously!
Keep calm and quiz on (And out)!
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Mallory is a sixth-year Teen Bible Quizzer originally from the Southern region, and now in the Northwest, quizzing over the book of John with her three younger siblings. <3
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