Pastor Nathan Glover
For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (GNT)
It is that time of the year again when student assessment is returned, unit and semester results are calculated and exit statements are written. No doubt, there will be many students pleasantly satisfied with their work but there will be some who are not – who wish that they would have put more effort into their studies, listened better in class or submitted a draft before the final assessment was due. If that is you or your son or your daughter, what can you do about it? At this stage, there is probably nothing that you can do. Definitely, trying harder and developing associated study habits and skills ought to be on the list of things to do next year. However, how does one cope with the uncomfortable feeling of poor results this year?
The answer is to recognise that in God’s eyes we are so much more than a test or unit result. Our life is not defined by these things, as important as they are. In fact, God makes it very clear that those who participate in the life-giving good news concerning Jesus didn’t get there by their hard efforts and good behaviour – they got there solely on account of God’s decision to love us through Jesus. If it counted on good performance or behaviour, then people would fight over who was more deserving of God’s love. But, it doesn’t depend on these things. In God’s eyes, we are worthy of love not because we have earned it but because God is by nature a God of love.
Remember that you are loved.