Ever since I was little, I have always taken school very seriously. I study for tests, take every chance to get extra credit, and make sure my grades are never below average. Ultimately, I’ve been a pretty good student my whole life. I never had to worry much in elementary and middle school about keeping my grades up. However, once I reached high school, classes became more difficult, and I struggled more than I had previously. Although I still kept my grades up, this piled huge amounts of stress on my shoulders.
Until then, I didn’t realize how much of my worth I defined by my success in school. I believed that the grade I received determined who I was as a person. I stressed to the point of believing that if I didn’t have an “A” I wasn’t good enough. Although I didn’t say these things out loud, it was definitely felt. Looking back, I did the same in middle school. Since I didn’t struggle as much, I thought I was better than those who were receiving grades lower than mine. Obviously, neither of these beliefs are true. There is so much more to each of us as believers than our academic achievement.
I think some of us, including myself, take school way too seriously. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with trying to maintain high grades and succeed academically. I’m saying there is something wrong when we begin to define who we are based on our schoolwork. As believers, God clearly states who we are to Him:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of the darkness into his marvelous light.”
“and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
We are his chosen race. We are his royal priesthood. We are his holy nation. We are his own possession. We are his sons and daughters. We are known and loved by him. We are forgiven by him. There is no other label that can define who we are other than the one God gives to us. We are his children.
Remember that you and I are not defined by the last grade we received in English. We are not defined by our ACT or SAT score. We are not defined by the colleges that do or don’t accept us. We are not defined by the career path we take. We are not defined by anything or anyone but God Almighty.
He is the one who defines you and me.
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