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You're more than finals.

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An anthem for you college peeps:

This is a balance. A tricky one at that. We have the opportunity to show what we have learned this semester through written exams handed to us by others. It's a tough situation because you, my friend, have learned so much more than merely inside a classroom. You have learned to grow, how to love, how to manage time, you fill in the blank. Regardless of the grade that you receive back, you are worthy. You are worthy of more knowledge, you are worth of acceptance. 

Be careful, these grades easily attack. They attack our identity, they attack our joy and sometimes, our hope. However, no matter the return on investment, your investment was seen in the eyes of the Father. 

Yes, studying for exams is an investment, for sure. It must be an investment to see fruit. It's easy to write off, as believers, that we are not defined by numbers and throw away responsibility with an eternal mindset. However, we have been called to be faithful with what we have been given. This involves opportunity in academics. The capability we have been presented to learn from one another is remarkable and not something that should be swept under the rug or excused because of our faith. 

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord" Colossians 3:23

We use these opportunities as gifts to show other people the Lord's providence and glory. This can only happen though if we step into responsibility and understand stewardship.

So, cast away all fear, anxiety and doubt and replace it with confidence, hope and joy with the knowing that Christ holds your future, not your grades or professors.