Why should I do homework?

Tips for Christian teens

Girl doing homeworkIN SOME PARTS OF THE WORLD there are no schools.

Small jungle tribes can educate their children by allowing the children to go with the elders on animal hunts and by showing them which plants to eat or avoid, or to use as medicines.

As cultures become more complex, the knowledge that each generation has to pass on becomes more than one person can teach. So schools do it to help you.

Here are a few reasons why you should do your homework, and some tips to make it easier.

Knowledge is power

The more knowledge and skills you can build up during your school years, the bigger the pay-off will be for you throughout your life.

Look at it like this: The school teaches you something; you practice it at home by doing your homework; that reinforcement you have through homework builds up your knowledge a little more each time.

So what you have done is improve your mind's ability to deal with this subject in future as well as helping you deal with other problems on other subjects because your brain will call on the same skills over and over.

The more you know, and the better you can process that information, the more problems you will be able to overcome and the more people you will be able to sensibly discuss things with.

Extra study makes you extra employable

The idea of homework is not to punish you or to take up all your free time. It is to make you more knowledgeable in many areas and therefore more employable when you leave school. It also sharpens your thinking skills.

Dangers of skipping homework

The more you skip homework, the less practice your mind gets at dealing with problems. You have more trouble finding knowledge and remembering what you learn.

Best way to do homework

The best way to get your homework done is to have the right attitude. Just realize that you have to do it, then get it done as soon as you can. Putting it off doesn't work. You will sometimes run out of time or something will happen to stop you from getting it done on time.

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What does the Bible say?

Christians often want to know what the Bible says on a subject. The Bible doesn't say anything about doing homework. Homework is purely a product of modern complex societies. If you never live in a modern, complex society — for example if you spend your life in remote African jungles — then you don't need all the knowledge you would amass in an American or Australian school.

But if you plan to live in a complex society, you need to do the best you can to learn as much as you can. It will pay off in the years ahead by helping you find the right career and allowing you to work out the best way to continue it.

The Bible has something to say about gaining knowledge and wisdom. The key verse for early schools was Proverbs 1:7:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

This is the key to real knowledge: heeding and giving respect to our great Creator God is necessary to understand truth and knowledge. Those who do not fear, respect, and take notice of what God says are fools, and will have no grounding in wisdom.

Goal: Get it done as well as you can

Your goal must never be to have an excuse why you couldn't get your homework done. It must be to get it done because every minute you spend on it is improving you in some way. It will either improve your knowledge, improve your thinking skills, or improve your self-discipline. Any one of these will benefit you in life, but if you have all three you will be ahead of many people throughout your life.

If you are having difficulty with your homework, pray about it. God must always come first anyway, and memorizing Proverbs 1:7 should keep you on the right track:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Just make sure you don't fall into the fools category!

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