To those who feel an overwhelming sense of stress as finals descend upon the halls of Mason High School; you’re not alone.
As we prepare for the end of year exams (dun dun dun), I see the vast majority of students throw themselves into the mindset that they will be a failure in life if they don’t get an A. I have received one B in my lifetime (as of right now…I have no doubt that junior year will destroy my GPA). That B, was in eighth grade algebra. There were so many tears. I thought my life was crashing and burning right before my eyes. I was sure I would never get into a good college and end up living under a bridge on the side of the highway for the rest of my life. I didn’t want to tell anyone ever that I got a B in Honors Math. I was supposed to be in the smart class, where everyone had perfect GPA’s. I lied and told all of my classmates that I got an A. ( I sure as heck wasn’t gonna be remembered as the dumb one). Fast forward to now, I realize I was not only NOT going to be remembered for being “dumb” but I literally never spoke a word, so now I wouldn’t be remembered at all. Yay middle school!
At the time, I had no idea of what high school would bring. I expected to fail all of my classes and life in general. (I was incredibly confident in myself, isn’t it obvious?) Anyway, I spent my time solely on schoolwork, when I realized I was spending too much time focused on planning my perfect future. I just needed to understand that it was out of my hands. I had a purpose that was more than my GPA.
So remember that you were made in the eyes of our heavenly Father. You have a purpose. A purpose far more valuable than an A on a chemistry quiz. Far greater than the C you just got on that english paper. You are important. We lie to ourselves that we aren’t good enough because of how we are seen in society’s eyes. God created you to love others unconditionally and share His word with everyone in sight.
The Bible says it clearly.
But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. Exodus 9:16.
School is hard for most, and will only get harder, but having the strength of the Lord on your side will help you push through. We were created to share God’s love and understand the truth of His word. When you feel lost, drowning in the plethora of assignments and review guides, remember:
You were made for a purpose.
P.S. Good luck to everyone taking exams!!!