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Topic: Exam (09/12/13)
TITLE: Wasting Time Taking Tests
By Gerald Shuler
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It wasn't that I feared failing the test. Studying was my passion; learning was my mantra. I knew test test would be a breeze. My problem was that they were, in my opinion, a waste of time. Wouldn't it be better use of school time if the teacher just taught and the students just learned? We would have had time to do the next chapter and, after an entire year of saving our Friday's, we could have saved enough time to get out of school three weeks early. Now that made sense to me.
Other students shared my desire to do away with test days. Of course, they each had different reasons for rallying behind my cause. Most of them just feared getting a lower grade on the test than their parent would be able to understand. Some hadn't studied. Some didn't care to study. A few even had a tendency to get physically ill on Test Day. They were the ones that almost convinced me to choose Psychiatry as a career. I didn't, though, because I knew that field would require many more years of teacher required, student detested tests.
We haven't changed, have we? Even after all these years of being out of school we still dread the test days of life. Every struggle, every challenge, every unexpected bump in the road throws us into that Test Day mentality. The tests of life tend to put us into an almost unreasonable mode of fear. A doctor give us bad news about our health... we panic. Our boss tells us we are next in line for being laid off... we panic. Our best friend tells us about seeing our spouse with someone else... we panic.
Panic is fear. Fear is uncertainty. Uncertainty is a lack of preparation. Shouldn't we spend more time preparing for the tests of life that we know are coming? The bible is full of answers to the problems we will face in life's tests. If we spend more time learning God's Word and applying it to our daily lives, then we wouldn't be thrown into panic when life's tests try to tackle our senses. If prepared, we will understand the truth about the tests.
The simple truth is that God never allows tests that we don't have the ability to pass... if we have done our homework in His Word. He sent His Holy Spirit to teach us God's ways. The truth about tests, though, is something that I should have learned years ago. Life would have been so different if I had understood the reason for Mrs. Clemson's impossible Friday tests. She was doing no less than what God does with the tests He allows in our lives.
The test doesn't test our knowledge... it only tests our preparation.
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10 (KJV)
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