Encouragement for Finals Week Spring 2K14

‘Tis the most stressful time of the year.

Are you feeling it yet? The buzz of countless cups of coffee with no end in sight to those flashcards.

My Zambian friend, Nixon, inspired me through his zeal for knowledge and discipline. Learn more about his story in the "Academics" chapter of "Four Years, Two Roads."
My Zambian friend, Nixon, inspired me through his zeal for knowledge and discipline. Learn more about his story in the “Academics” chapter of “Four Years, Two Roads.”

I’ve been there. This week can be rough. So let me offer some encouragement amidst this hectic time.

My cosmopolitan upbringing, in collaboration with my college experience, has opened my eyes to just how valuable education is. And this isn’t a guilty trip; it’s reality. Education, the advancement of our minds, is an utmost privilege that is not to hindered by grumbling or disputing.

Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. (Luke 12:48)

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:14-15)

Even more importantly, God’s Word says the sharpening of our minds has eternal potential–eternal!

Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. (Proverbs 8:10-11)

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge (Proverbs 18:15)

Perhaps exam week becomes more of a nuisance than it has to be because we fail to focus on it with a Biblical perspective.

Here is my exhortation to my brothers toiling for that 4.0, 3.0, 2.0 this week: Let gratitude for your education foster a humble heart. Let the future potential of educational benefits spur a motivation to dominate this week in Christ-honoring fashion.

Hard work is a Biblical concept, let us not forget.

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23)

Every exam we take, presentation we give, or paper we write has a God-ordained purpose: to allow God to shape our minds and sharpen our gifts to become history makers and eventual world changers for His glory.

Your Friend, D.Kim
Acts 20:24
FTM

Author: Derek Kunhee Kim (김건희/金健熙)

Pilgrim in Process. Univ. of San Diego Law. Retired Compassion Intern + Michigan State Tracklete. Novi HS Alumnus. Author of Four Years, Two Roads. Aspirant Polyglot.

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