When you were younger, you didn’t have to think to hard about what you’d do every day. Your parents told you what to do and when to do it. As a teenager your days are getting busier! You have homework, clubs, teams, Church and family obligations. How do you do figure out what to do when?
It’s good to be involved in an array of activities; it develops your SPICE attributes, plus it’s fun! However, it’s also important to remember that the ultimate goal of life isn’t making varsity or straight A’s—it’s heaven. This means the first things we put in our schedule each week are things that we need to do to help our relationship with God. Mass on Sunday, confession and prayer are at the top of that list.
For a good visual of the importance of confession, check this out:
After your spiritual life, be sure you allow time to be with your family. Remember that while sometimes you have to use “straight talk” with your parents to communicate about tough issues, it’s also good to share your day and interests with them as well through social talk. Dinner time is a great opportunity to do this.
After making your faith and family priority, you can schedule school work, friends, sports and other hobbies. Be sure to get your parents input about what they think is important in your schedule and constantly evaluate your activities to be sure they’re helping you to be happy, healthy and holy!