A Reflection on Final Exam Preparation

 As I and many other university students are in the thick of studying for final exams, I am reflecting on the many hours of revision, the late nights, early mornings and the taste of room temperature coffee that I have experienced year after year in my academic life. And then I think to myself, why am I actually studying in the first place? The competition and striving to make the honours roll seem to be so vain and trivial in comparison to the calling that Christ has put on our life to make disciples and share the good news. However, God is the giver of all good things, and I know that the opportunity to even study in the first place is a blessing from His hand.


I believe that when we operate with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our actions are ultimately for the Glory of God. Whether we ear or drink we should do it for God's glory (paraphrased 1 corinthians 10:31), so of course academic (or other) endeavours are no different. After a period of reflection, I realise it comes down to the inner attitude. What is my true, attitude as a student? Is it to get the best job so that I can lead a self-serving life and satisfy my desires? Or is my intention to be a faithful steward of the opportunities that God has given me, so that I can ultimately be Salt and Light? God has a plan and purpose for every single one of us, and for those who desire to be in the centre of God's will, we must also learn patience. God knows what is best for us, and we need to wholeheartedly trust that He is using the journey of our life to equip us. So as students all across the country prepare for final exams, remember that exams and university may very well be a training ground that God is using for His glory. 

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