The Rock and Roll Life
The Webb household, like many all over the country are gripped by exam fever!
Revision, exams and the whole pressure of how will I do? What will my results be? Will my results be enough to get me on the course I’m planning to do? What will other people think about my results?
How do we measure our value, our worth? How do we deal with the disappointments which inevitably come? At this time of year, most young people seem to measure themselves on academic success. How many GCSEs they have or their A level grades. They find it hard to overcome the disappointments of tough exams or results not living up to their expectations. Little realising that in 6 months time, no one will even ask what their results are and they will seem very unimportant in the wider scheme of life. To measure our worth against something so transient is to build our house on sand.
“Those who come to me and hear my words and put them into practise are like someone building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.”
Luke 6 v 47 & 48
When we build our lives, our confidence and our security on the rock, who is Christ Jesus, then when the storms of life hit, we can stand firm. We may get a little wet, we may be shaken, we may have some repairs to do, but with firm foundations we will not collapse. We need to learn that with Jesus, we can roll with the punches and disappointments of life.
Exams are necessary for our future careers, but they are not the measure of who we are. No matter what our results are, or how we fare academically, with our lives built on the rock of Christ, nothing can shake us and our future is certain. Recently on his blog John O’Neill mentioned this verse from Jeremiah 29 v 11.
‘I know the PLANS that I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope.’