Whether the test or the paper is worth 10% or 50%, it takes up 100% of your time and energy.
Remember when you first went to school and you arrived on campus and all you heard were phrases like “College will be the best time of your life!” You and your parents were unpacking your microwave, shower caddy, and ramen noodles. The first few weeks of college life, filled with football games and endless orientation mixers, did indeed seem like all that was promised.
Then, reality hits. The smiling professors who greeted you on the first day aren’t as smiley anymore. The food wasn’t as good as you remembered when you visited campus the first time. And then, exams. Why didn’t anyone tell you about exams?
As I think reflect upon and think of a way to encourage you I want to tell you this, There is so much more to life than exam scores, academic plans and your GPA. Its hard to see it now, but its true. As you look at what is in front of you, I want you to remember the dream and goal you had when you first came in.
So, here are 5 affirmations I want you to remind yourself of as you go into Finals season. Maybe you’re not a student, but you have a student. Heres how you can affirm them as well!
1. God loves me more than I can imagine.
Ephesians 3:17-19 tells us Jesus’ love for us is so long and deep and high that we can’t even comprehend it. Rest in the truth that Jesus sees your hard work, and you are deeply loved. That love doesn’t change with circumstances, you learn more about it with circumstances.
2. God didn’t make it easy so I can become stronger.
The Bible speaks of how crazy life can become. Ephesians 4:13-15 speaks of our lives being “…tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching.” God is aware of every wave that hits you. He has not forgotten you. To the contrary, He notices every aspect of your life and works through the good and the bad to help bring us closer to him.
3. My Joy is still in Jesus.
The best grade in the world does not change the way God sees you. The worst grade in the world does not change the way God sees you. You seeking to mature in Him strengthens your vision of Him. God provides joy on our path as we follow Him. Psalm 16:11 reminds us of this: “[God,] you make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
4. My Gifts are getting Stronger.
Psalm 139 reveals that God created us on purpose, for a purpose. Every day of your life has been written, and God has equipped you for the path ahead. This only strengthens what is already in you. Rest in that knowledge!
5. The world is not all there is.
Remember God is preparing you for the work of His kingdom. Our plans pale in comparison to His. We can never fathom what He has planned for us in this world and beyond this world. All we know is this, Long after our GPA is forgotten and our transcripts are planed in a sealed envelope…God’s kingdom still remains. Work of that kingdom and know that God is equipping you to make that happen!
God bless you in this week. God bless you in this season.
Hey! Christmas is around the corner!
I love you.
God Loves you more.