Monday, 1 June 2015

Focusing on God during Exam Times

leostudies : Productive study session again today in the same place at the same time :)It's that time of the year, when exams are pretty much the focus of most teenagers lives. Schools continually stress their important, but we as Christians need to remember that there is a much more important part of our lives, that will impact our futures in a much more permanent way! There is a difficult balance that Christian teenagers need to get right during exam time, the balance between working hard and to the best of our abilities, and still making sure our hearts are worshipping God and not our grades. However, this isn't simple, as our hearts are so easy to wander away to things that we think will give us more stability.

Give it all over to God
Keep remembering how God is in charge of our lives! He's our king, our creator and a God who loves us unconditionally. Exams shouldn't be something we hide from God, it should be a time where we share it all with him! Pray about exams, don't shy away from them, they're important and God has put us in a position where we are taking them. If it's not going well, pray for courage and strength to trust in God's infinite plan. If they're going well, thank God for that blessing! There are going to be times during exam season where you just want to give up, and have a cry or some sort of break down, and that's ok, but cry with God! Tell him what's plaguing your mind, because he is desperate to share it all with you. He knows how we are feeling, he knows our worries, so go through it all with him!

Don't be Afraid
note-spiration. Rewrite notes after the scribblings from class to re-organise, revise, and study themGod has a plan. We continually see that through the Bible. Take Esther for example, God was working his whole plan to rescue the Jews through Esther's position, and a series of seemingly ironic coincidences, that aren't in fact coincidences! Exams will not be the defining factor in your life's success. God will use you where ever you are, regardless of your grades or A-Levels! Trust that he knows what's happening, even if it seems completely out of control and disastrous!

Remember Why We Are Working
If you are anything like me, then work can become slightly obsessive, with constant note writing and an overwhelming sense of guilt when you don't spend every minute of the day working. It all becomes exhausting in the end, and it's great to just take a step back and think about WHY we actually do all the revision etc.
We are working with all our hearts, we read that in  Colossians 3 : 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 
revision <3
God has given us all gifts, and some of those will be academic ones. We should rejoice that he has blessed us with them, and use them to the best of our abilities to work for THE LORD. We aren't working for ourselves, the minute we try to live for ourselves is the minute where everything will start to go wrong. We know that our futures are going to be amazing! We are going to spend every last second with God in Heaven, we have that to look forward to. So while we wait, here on earth, use our gifts to work, and work hard! Think about the God we are serving! 

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