We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

An A+ in Calculus!

When you are young, it’s hard to imagine what career path you will take. But I’ve learned several basic principles that can lead to a life of direction and fulfillment.

First, do the next thing, and do it well. Sometimes, this means doing the unexpected. With only 12 credit hours standing between me and college graduation, for example, I switched my major one last time–this was the 7th time! I had just given my life to Jesus Christ and without question I knew that I was supposed to switch from a business major to an education major. Though I would have to take courses for another two years, I was excited to move forward regardless of the cost.

Speaking of cost, sometimes we need to work extra hard for a time in order to avoid being enslaved down the road. There is a psychological weight one has to carry when work becomes a means to pay off school loans rather than doing what you love and loving what you do.

Finally, strive for excellence in every moment, even if you aren’t enjoying a particular assignment. I still remember the advice my college calculus professor gave on the first day of class: those who studied 1 hour a night, he said, would likely receive a C or D, 2 hours of studying would in all probability receive a B, and those who studied three hours a day or more would likely earn an A. Could it be that simple? There’s nothing simple about calculus, especially since I failed it in high school. So I followed my professor’s advice and, to my utter surprise, landed my first A! Do I use calculus today? Absolutely not…but I do use the principles of discipline and perseverance.

In 2nd Peter 1 we read, “Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.” The word “add” in the Greek carries the idea of adding at one’s own expense. If you’re willing to pay a price, you can be sure there will be a reward in the end.

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