Why grades don’t define you…

The post for today has been written by Lydia from Youth for Christ. If you struggle with doing exams in general or are nervous about what grades you may get in the summer, this is a must-read!! Lydia knows what she is talking about!!

When I was a young person and right up until I graduated last year, I used to hate the month of May. May was always a bad month in school because it was the start of exam season. All the months of lessons and revising came to an end and I had to put all that learning down on paper in some way that made sense and would hopefully get me a good enough grade so I could move onto the next step in my academic journey. However I was never very good at exams, no matter how hard I tried, my mind would just go blank as soon as I got into that exam hall and my grades reflected that. I had to sit my Maths GCSE 3 times before I passed with a C, and I am not that bad at Maths but Maths exams are a whole other story for me.

But we find ourselves in a time where exam season has been cancelled. Young people will not sit exams this year, they will not have to sit in that exam hall trying to recall everything they have learned. And they will have to rely on the predicted grades from teachers to get them to where they are heading next.

For some young people they will be pretty happy with this – I know as a young person I would have been made up. But I have spoken to some young people where this is not the case. There is a sense of sadness, a sense of it not being fair, they have worked so hard for months, for years, all building up to this month where they can put pen to paper and when their hard work would finally pay off. And now it’s cancelled, it’s over. They just have to wait till results day to find out what their grades have been decided for them. What a nervous wait, just sitting and wondering.

As I was trying to find words for my young people at church to encourage them in this time, I realised that my advice for them now is the exact same message I would give them if the exams were still taking place. It’s this – grades do not define who you are. Good or bad they do not define you. God defines who you are. Whatever happens with grades we know that God has a plan for our lives and the Bible tells us that it’s a good plan, it’s a plan to give you a future and to give you hope. God knows what he has in store for you. So in this strange time, hold onto that hope and remind yourself that your grades, good or bad, do not define who you are, God does. When I left college, I didn’t have the best grades but I managed to get into university and, through a lot of hard work and determination, I graduated last summer with a first. Because my grades don’t define who I am, God defines me and he always has a plan for my life and it is a really good plan.

So in this time of uncertainty we can hold onto the hope that God has a good plan for us and that grades do not define who we are.

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