I said I’ll continue☺☺
Let’s talk GPA😯. I don’t think this will go down well with everyone, but that’s the thing, we are normally very keen not to offend everyone, but God. So just allow me to step on someone’s toe😜.
Since i was young i had always upheld and purposed to be a person of integrity. And it was quite easy until i landed in University. I remember as a kid in primary school being sent with a marking scheme(zile za A,B,C,D) from one teacher to another. I never understood why the teacher thought i would not peep or get my own copy on the way. This humbled me and made me not to dare check.
Then Uni happened, being a person who love excellence, i really wanted to get a first class honours😂😂…but before that i wanted to change my course, so you can tell i didn’t concentrate on my studies that much (this is story for another day). Exams time in uni was crazy. It was reality check. I remember this perticular time i heard someone asking his ‘neighbour’ for answers, and when i heard the points she was given, i knew they were wrong in as much as i didn’t know the right ones😂(You can tell i was eaves dropping😜)
My first and part of second years went on with me struggling to choose between the right thing and the convenient thing. I remember this particular time i called a friend to bail me out on a question and she decided to give me her question paper with the answers (in points form) scribbled. I Got scared to death because we had to swarp the question paper, plus i couldn’t explain any of the points. I panicked, and of course flopped. See how cheating is expensive!
After this experience and a few other bad ones i purposed in my heart that i would fully trust God with my studies as i had before. It was a secret personal decision that i couldn’t (back then) explain to my friends. This meant studying harder because ‘harambees’ were over, there were no more ‘clusters formations’ and all that kind of thing. I even purposed to avoid my study mates in exam room because i knew they would bail me out in case they saw me stuck. How philanthropic, haha! I would also avoid wearing my specks during exams so that i could not see my ‘neighbour’s’ answers. Thank God for my short sightedness.
God was working in me, i remember asking myself what advice on integrity i would offer to the kids i teach (being a sunday school teacher) if i wasn’t walking the talk. Don’t you think that if i really trusted God with my salvation, i could also trust Him with my studies? There was this day i was praying during exams and God revealed me that He is the one who gives jobs and not a good fabricated GPA. He even gave me a picture of someone who probaby has ‘As’ which are based on cheating, the way he looks at them and sees C,D or a B. I Got the conviction that i would rather get a B, C even a D that is genuine than a ‘stolen’ A. And if i was really i need of an A, i should work harder. I remember how radical my exams prayers were. And whenever i would feel stuck and would be tempted to take a sneak peek on a neighbour’s paper, i would pray again.
What if academic test are life tests in disguise? What if they were testing our honesty, hardwork, determination, self control, persistence, integrity, critical thinking? What if it’s a way of testing our concentration in class? Whst if it is a way of testing our bravery? It’s not any brave to cheat. Is it? Could it be that the intention is not really to test who can cram what, rather, who can use them later in life. Don’t get me wrong, am not encouraging anyone to aim lower than excellence, but really to look at education from a broader lens. If you didn’t really get that A but got skills and virtues thank God for them, they are very important. If you got a good grade too (genuinely), it’s a plus but look at what else school taught you and treasure it.
It’s funny how when i purposed to go God’s way, i even excelled than when i compromised. This made me realise that you are just as stupid as you think you are! I didn’t know that depending on people was making them gods and as a result was sabotaging purpose and ruining my reputation. Though ‘As’ were now harder to manufacture but even then, when i didn’t get my best i knew whatever i got, was genuine, and i challenged myself to study harder. Cheating has a way of encouraging laziness and closing our mind from thinking. Whenever i could not remember answers i knew i only had myself and God to engage in this thinking game and manufacture an anwers. I learnt how to depend on God for remembrance completely.
Am i just talking about uni, or studies? No! not at all! Probably you there looking at this post and thinking that it only applies to university students. You could probably be thinking, ‘I already blew it’ N/A! Well, not really! This is just to remind us that we got to choose Christ 24/7. We can trust Him with our careers, while choosing our partners or in our businesses- without compromising. His plan for us is perfect! We may not see it at the moment, but in the long run we will be grateful. God wants us as believers to stand out in the world just as he wanted Israelites to stand out among idolaters. If you think His standards are way too High, ask Israelites how easy it was to worship the God you did not see. Of course there are moments they tripped, but still stood up and got reconciled back to Him. And God was merciful, He still is. So if you’ve tripped, get up!
God wants us to trust him in everything. We should not be overcome by evil but we should overcome evil with good. In a world where everyone is compromising, choose to stand for what is right, no matter what everyone else is doing. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. The bible also says in Romans 12:2 ‘Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.’
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.