Today is a test day. Not for me but my students. We will be testing over three chapters in American Government: The Congress, The President and the Federal Judiciary. As a teacher I love test days. Class is usually over in a much shorter time and all I have to do is run the scan trons through the machine and post the grades online. Easy Cheesy.
Of course, as a student it is much more nerve wracking. Test day is the culmination of everything the learning process is about. Being able to recall concepts and information in a compressed time schedule can be really tough. At least, as a student, you have the benefit of knowing when the test is coming and being able (hopefully motivated) to prepare for the test. And yes, as a teacher, it is VERY easy to tell who has studied and who has not.
The tests of life aren’t that easy. They spring up unnoticed and tend to catch us off guard. If you are like me, most of the time you are left scratching your head wondering, “where did that come from?” I posted here about my recent test in life. It is a test that I have been failing at miserably. My friends at Deadly Viper refer to it as the Bling Bling Assassin. This morning I got my answer to the test during my quiet time.
Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
1 John 2:15-17 (The Message)
Pretty clear. Pretty easy to understand now. And its not like I didn’t know what the answer is, it’s just that sometimes in the midst of a test it’s really hard to recall the answer.
What are the questions you are facing right now?