Growth/Maturity, Motivation, Procrastination

A “C” for Effort

The past week has been rather interesting. Last Tuesday I took my midterm for my fourth class of Graduate School.  The weekend prior to class I was basically married to my book considering I read ALL seven chapters in a matter of two days!  I know that seems a little far fetched but it worked in undergrad and I graduated Cum Laude… So if it’s not broke don’t fix it…right?  

I walked into class promptly at 6pm certain that I would pass the test but obtaining an “A” would be a miracle.  As soon as I got my paper I wrote “God Bless this Test” in the upper right corner prior to writing my name or even reading the first question.  I said a short breath prayer asking God to help me through it and started the exam with the faith that it was already taken care of.  As I progressed through the forty questions my mind went into a system overload!  Even though the test was multiple choice it seemed like every answer was the right one.  I remember always hearing that there is no reason to stress or worry if you’ve already prayed about it so I didn’t…I guessed on those that I was uncertain about and turned in the paper to my professor.

All week I eagerly logged into my online segment of class anticipating a great mark posted in my grade book.  Finally on Friday evening the moment of truth was revealed…I earned a “C”.  Instantly I went into a state of shock… a “C” are you serious Jesus?  Just as quick as I began to question God he was right there to put me in my place! Are you serious daughter? You barely studied enough to get the grade I gave you and you want to ask why!!! God says that I am to study to show myself approved unto him (2 Timothy 2:15), however my study routine showed nothing more than a spirit of procrastination that was trying to manifest! 

As I grow in the Lord and my faith is strengthened, I must elevate my way of thinking overall.  Yeah I was BLESSED to make it through one degree with the old way of living but as I gain a closer relationship with him there are things that I MUST change about myself in order to get what He has for me!  The God we serve is so awesome that he did not forsake me but he requires sooooo much more from me. 

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them the diligently seek him.”(Hebrews 11:6)  My faith is what allowed me to even retain any of that information that I crammed in those few days and the reward was my C.  I called upon Jesus in the midst of it all and He came to the rescue just as He has done so many times before.  However, I am trusting and believing Him for a lot more and in order for it to be released he has to be certain that I am sincerely ready.

“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” (John 15:2) This scripture shows the process that God is taking me through to get me ready for my increase.  God will take away things that are not becoming of his children and replace it with productivity!  He has made moves in my life that are simply unbelievable and according to John the best is yet to come!!! So I am certain that my old study habits have to go to bear more fruit!  From now on I am designating a time slot for reading…I have even started a homework group with a friend so that I am held accountable daily!    

So ladies I ask that you learn from my mistakes.  I have the faith in God that He will supply my needs but I must never forget that James 2:20 says “Faith without works is dead.”  God will always grant the true desires of my heart but I must not for a second forget that He is my Father and still requires that I at least try.  He did not allow me to fail but I now understand that I must put forth the effort and have the faith that He will see me through it. 

 Dear Daddy,

Thank You for showing me what needs to be fixed in order to reach my goals.  Everyday I ask that You continue to reveal the things that are not of Your will that are TRYING to manifest so that I may work hard and pray harder that they may fall in defeat!  I know that am a vessel that is destined for greatness and I thank You for everything that I have to encounter and overcome to get to another level of purpose in Your word.  I thank You for bluntly answering my questions of why when in actuality You never have to answer because You are a God that works in mysterious ways.  Thank You Daddy for just being YOU! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today instead of asking God why, ask yourself what could have been done differently… The response will be astonishing!  Once you get the answer EMPOWER yourself to own up to it and find a way to defeat it in the future! Have a BLESSED week!

 Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management.  She is a full time Workforce Analyst with Sprint Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment  You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17

8 thoughts on “A “C” for Effort”

  1. Latasha, this is great. I can share in your same feelings of wanting that A and also being checked, by comparing it to my study efforts. Thank you for your post and reminder……..I have an exam tomorrow.

    1. Anytime lady! I feel so much more confident in my studies now that I have had this experience. God sure has his way of TELLING you about yourself 🙂 Better late than never… Good luck on your exam tommorow!

  2. I really enjoyed the blog post this morning. I was convicted of the same thing this weekend. We often expect a return on our investment that is far greater than we actually put in. We then have the nerve to get upset when the results that we expect aren’t yielded. Thanks Tasha for this wonderful message.

    1. Your welcome Ms. Lunday! This is one of the biggest lessons Jesus has ever taught me because it wass deeper than just the grade… It showed me what HAS to change! I love when He whips me into shape as quick as I loose it!! Eventually I will get tired of whippings and do right… RIGHT?!? 😉

  3. Sorry to reply so late Lakeshia… I learned a life long lesson from this exam and I’m glad you can relate! We never realize our LACK of effort until the final grade shows up… But at the end of the day we still were blessed and learned a lesson in the process. Have a BLESSED week!

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