What grade would you give yourself?


It’s finals week for many students.  And final grades are not far behind.  But have you ever thought about your life as being “school”?  Let’s take the last semester (since January), and ask the following questions:

  1. What courses did you attend?  (patience, perseverance, parenting, etc.)
  2. What were the key text books you read (your spouse, your kids, your co-worker, a course on Boundaries, etc.)
  3. Based on how much you’ve learned (meaning “changed”), how would you grade yourself for the marking period?

A – mastered the life-lessons; ready to teach the material to others

B – learned the important concepts; mastered the basic concepts of this topic

C – Showed up regularly and tried to learn; might need a refresher course next year

D – Spent too little time paying attention to learn much; needs to find a tutor for summer school

E – needs to repeat this class/grade; may need to remove some distractions from schedule

The writer of Proverbs puts it like this:

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. (Proverbs 14:8)

Why not take five minutes today to give thought to your ways.  (I’ll reveal my reflections at a later time.)  Take some time to reflect on the last “semester” of your life.  Then based on that, consider how you may want to use your time over the summer to continue to grow wise.

-Pastor Mark

Posted on June 7, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Interesting analogy, Pastor Mark. My grade – a solid…………….. “C”

    I definitely don’t think I was as productive or as spiritually disciplined as I wanted to be when the year started off. Of course, I haven’t made, or kept, New Years resolutions for years. I DO set personal goals and all, and even there I cut myself some slack. Looking forward to hearing you Sunday after being away last weekend.

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