Category Archives: Student Life

7 Keys To Becoming a BETTER Student Leader

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It’s one thing to be given a leadership “position” and serve with that title “leader” for many years, and yet it’s another thing to STAND OUT and become a BETTER leader.

John Maxwell lists seven key areas that a student could work on to make him/herself a BETTER leader:

1. Character-Who You Are
People don’t just look for competence. Character is essential.

2. Relationships-Who You Know
You have the right relationships with the right people.

3. Knowledge-What You Know

Though you may not “know it all”, you have the grasp of the facts and information needed to rally the movement.

4. Intuition-What You Feel
More than deciding by mere facts, you have a discerning heart.

5. Experience-Where You Been
You have had a splash before, now is a chance for more!

6. Past Success-What You’ve Done
Because you were faithful with your past responsibilities, you can be relied upon for the present ones.

7. Ability-What You Can Do
People believe in you and your potentials.

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much”
-Luke 16:10

5 Essentials for Student Leaders

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As student leaders, we can be so excited about the “GO-ing” part that we easily lose sight of what “finish line” we are aiming and if we really are “set” to go and thrive in the race that’s marked out for us.

Whether you’re the team captain of your fencing club or your campus basketball varsity; an “SK” chairman of your barangay/village or a student council president, this post will surely help you kick-off right.

I want to share something that I’ve been learning and been thinking through recently. Here are 5 non-negotiable components that make every student organization really productive:

1. Vision- a clear mental picture of what could be coupled with a strong conviction that it should be as Andy Stanley puts it. It must come from the heart of the leader or a team of leaders and he/she/they should own it and thrive with it. Specifically, what do you want to accomplish this school year? Where do you want to bring your people this year? Can everyone be united for that end-in mind? Where you are right now is your “point A.” Where you want to go is your “point B”

2. Values- As an organization, a clear set of values-system must support and guard your team’s vision: You may value leadership development, trust, honesty, coaching and advise from the experts, excellence, punctuality, respect etc. What values could you agree on that will help you as a team keep you moving from “point A” to your desired “point B”.

3. Skills-You got to have certain skills to get the job done certainly.  Each member in the team has different skills-set. Know where each one is good at and what he/she loves doing and position them there. Now there will be skills that need to be learned. Each should be always be ready to learn new ones and enjoy where they will be “planted”.

4. Resources– Money is a tool that we use for us to accomplish our goals. It is a means never an end in itself. Financial resources should be monitored well and well accounted for. Yet there’s another resource that is much more powerful than money-its human resources. Value them, earn their trust and you’ll get to accomplish more when more people are involved.

5. Strategy- Knowing where to go, what to value, what skills to have, and resources needed is good but without a wise working strategy, it would have a false start. Never allow a know-it-all attitude. Get coaching. Work with your advisers.

Each component should be present. Without Vision there will be confusion. Without upholding some Values there will be compromise. Without Skills, there will be confidence crisis. Without resources it could be so frustrating. And Without a written working strategy, it will be a false start.

Kudos to all the student leaders gearing up for this school year!

8 Essentials of Effective Prayer

 

Prayer is our highest privilege!

Would you imagine how awesome it is that we can connect to The Creator of all things, enjoy access to God’s presence and have an intimate and dynamic conversation with Him?! This is possible all by His great grace to us in Christ! Here are at least the major eight essentials of effective prayer:

1. Genuine

We have to be real before God. Open up your heart with all honesty yet hold on to His unchanging nature! Trust His Heart!

39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” -Matthew 26:39

2. Current

God cares about you now! Tell God of your current concerns. Stop dwelling about the past. Face the present with faith in Him!

8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9 So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”-Exodus 17:8-9

3. Persistent

Never say “I give up.”God will not only change the circumstance He wants you changed ultimately!

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”-Luke 18:1-5

4. Earnest

Put your heart into it. Don’t just babble words, connect to God passionately!

44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.-Luke 22:44

5. Always

This is the ultimate “unli” full bar signal connection we could ever have!

Don’t just be limited praying like a monk in your room. Do it while walking, jogging, driving (of course, open your eyes!) in every season, whether summer, fall, winter, or springtime etc. etc.

18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,-Eph. 6:18

6. Specific

Be clear about what you need, where you want it, when you desire it and how you want it answered.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God… 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.-Phil. 4;6;19

7. Humble

Remember that prayerlessness is the height of spiritual pride. Come to Him with all due honor yet by grace with God-confidence.

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”-James 4:6

8. Time

It’s one thing to just know things about prayer, but its another thing to really get to our knees and do it!  

We really have to set time for this and so experience the power and grace that flows from this greatest privilege we have!

12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.-Romans 12:12

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5 Steps To An Effective Quality Time With God

Assuming that you now have your own Bible (preferably ESV or NIV), a journal notebook, and a resolved place and time to spend the time with God, here is a basic guide, not a formula to enjoying a quality time with God:

1. Relax!

We all tend to wake up with all the worries for the day. Free your thoughts of any to do’s and be still before your Creator. Thank God for the new day and prepare your heart to humbly hear from Him through His Word.

2. Read

Reading the Bible right changes a person! Read it like a love letter! Indeed God is our Greatest Lover ever! The Bible is not your usual academic text book in school! Get to know God intimately, His desires, plans, what He likes and what He hates. Begin reading the Gospel of Mark, John through the rest of the New Testament. I personally recommend you to go YouVersion.com for any Bible Reading Plan that would fit your season’s need.

3. Reflect

Reading without reflection is like eating food without chewing! Ask yourself questions like “what does the passage tell me about who God is, about the people, and about me and my current issues and situation?” Renew your mind in line with His truth.

4. Record

Have a notebook where you could journal your insights and reflections-the things God is teaching you from your quality time with Him. You can always go back to these notes in the future (during your year end reflection and as a reference to the people you are helping in your walk with God).

5. Request

Close your date with God by asking Him for grace to live out what you’ve learned from Him so you could obey his truth for His glory and your deepest joy! Ask Him for whatever you need by faith (whether wisdom for school, a major decision, or for provision) and remember to pray for other’s need as well!

Seize the day with the presence of God with you!