Friday, May 11, 2012

'Twas the Night Before...

It's AP Exam day, your first one, too, with another next week. As a Junior. Last night you were at church in prayer rather than cramming with a study group. Although we, your parents, helped make the decision about where you would be and what you would spend your "night before" doing, I think we made the right decision, partly because it was the hard decision. 

You had two choices: 1 – pray or 2 – study the night before an exam that proves a full year of school work and could be worth college credit. You've studied for nine months and it all culminates in this exam. Conventional wisdom says study, so, somehow, in God's economy, I think choosing prayer was right.

It was beyond your control that our church's annual week of prayer collided with your AP Exam on the calendar.  All you can do at that point is choose: pursue God, His body, and the Christian disciplines or seek educational success and early college credit. When the hard decisions fall on the side of spiritual growth and eternity rather than education, career and the earthly, I think we got it right, Adrian.

We exist to serve His purposes. It behooves us to know—and remember in the crutial, inconvenient times—what we are to be about. Life's crossroads often hold difficult choices, decisions that will bear on our future, both earthly and eternal. This won't be your last test in life, Adrian. There will be many. The best way to prepare for those tests and to make the choice that best serves your future purpose is to focus on your God and not the task or dilemma at hand.

You're in good company, son. Jesus spent his "night befores" praying, too. A full night of sleepless prayer before choosing 12 men who were to change the world when He was gone (Luke 6:12-13). The night before his big decision, Jesus wasn't studying resumes; He was consulting his Father. Before the agony of the cross? A late night alone in a garden. Perhaps there's no better way to prepare for life's challenges. And we don't even have to wonder what Jesus would do. We just have to be brave enough to chose his way.

The Kingdom of Christ and devoting yourself to it will make you victorious, whether you pass the A PUSH Exam today or not. But I do hope you are giving that exam your all right now to the glory of God, and that you pass it.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you(Matthew 6:33). You are living it out loud.

So very proud of you,

Linking with Gail at Bible Love Notes today.

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