“God cares about my GPA.”

Just something I’ve been thinking about lately-

I’ve heard it commonly said by classmates at my Christian university that “God doesn’t care about our GPAs.” While I certainly agree that God’s love is unconditional, I’m realizing this semester that He does care about my GPA. He has me in college at the moment, and I’m responsible for studying and learning everything I can from my classes and other activities. I feel that it would be dishonoring to my parents if I were not to apply myself to make good grades. If it’s appropriate for my parents to find my grades important, how much more important is it to my Heavenly Father that I apply myself and achieve high scores in the classes He has given me?  Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

I am taking 19 credit hours this semester, and that’s not easy. In addition to that, I have an internship that takes 2 1/2 hours per week, I play handbells for an hour every Tuesday, I teach a whole bunch of (wonderful) students, and I go to church. I could easily look at my circumstances and settle for low or average grades. But I do everything for God’s glory, and I’ve decided to commit my work to Him. Therefore, I expect myself to strive for excellence in every class. As the semester gets difficult, I am encouraged by Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It’s not always easy, but it’s so fulfilling!

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