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This Will Not Be on the Test

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School was never a big deal for me. Sure, I worked at it, but I wouldn’t say I worked hard.

Two things served me well:

      1. I have a decent memory and recall
      2. I had a great ability for hearing what was important (i.e., what would be on the test)

With so much information floating around in the world, it’s easy to get bogged down and forget what’s important. The Holy Spirit does illuminate things to us and remind us of what’s important. When we fill our hearts and minds with too many superfluous materials, we lose sight of the basics as we lose focus on His heart and mind.

Recently, I was slogging through some more academic pursuits related to Bible study and I hit my saturation point.

It was all becoming a blur, but I was just trying to get through it, losing the benefit in the midst of it. Finally, I was to the place where it was a distraction and actually unhelpful to my pursuit of God. I had to drop it and let it go.

I may take it up again at some other point, but we can all have that tendency to try to take in too much until it becomes detrimental. If it’s a distraction, it’s taking away from us and not adding to us.

We need to remind ourselves that this is not on the test. That can be pretty liberating actually. Go back to the basics and follow Him with all your heart.

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God? –Micah 6:8 NASB

You may have been a good student in school or you may not have, but the Holy Spirit is more than able to give good recall of your call and destiny.

You have the mind of Christ. You can pick out the important things and leave the rest for a time or forever.

Does this make sense? Have you experienced a time where you took something on that you had to drop? What are your thoughts on this?

6 Comments

  1. I’m guilty of this and beyond. I get so wrapped up in things that soon I can’t see the forest for the trees. It’s hard to slow down, but when I’m forced to my mind begins to settle in, to see the hand of God. “Be still and know that I am God.” Working on that one…

    • I love that verse, but it can be hard sometimes to see how to be still (if that makes sense). We have to be sensitive and maintain that relationship with the Father or we go down too many heartbreaking paths. Thanks Floyd.

  2. I’ve picked up the shovel and dropped it many times in my life. Recently over the past couple of months I’ve learned that’s it’s a futile way to live, especially in the area of social relationships.
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    • That’s a good point. It deals with a lot of areas, and God will give us grace and wisdom to deal with all of it when we listen to Him. Thanks Ed.

  3. Man I’m so there with ya bro’…we complicate this walk with Him so much sometimes. That’s why I love that verse in Micah…that breaks me everytime I read it. Thanks bro’!
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    • I know what you mean about the breaking. Glad He reminds us and calls us back to His heart. Thanks Jay.