Consider Your Health

Too often we set a goal for ourselves and try to achieve it with no pauses in the get-go. We care too much about success, whether that be academic recognition, big money, or simply happiness. However, the latter is considered an extremely rare find. 

I used to have an unhealthy obsession with school. My grades needed to be high A’s, and I needed to take the hardest classes in order to receive top accolades. However, I’ve realized, that even though perhaps all that could be attainable if I devoted all of my time to it and used my God-given brain, it’s not worth it. And, more importantly, it’s not healthy.

I still care about my grades, and I still strive to excel. However, it isn’t the end of the world if I don’t do perfectly all the time and I don’t dedicate all of my time to obtaining those perfect grades. I’ve learned that it’s okay to do what you want to do in high school, like take art classes, a personal example of mine.

I thoroughly enjoy graphic design, so I take classes for it. Does it bring down my class rank? Probably. Does it really matter that much? Nope. I’m only in high school, which is far from a place where the majority of my life will be spent, and I want to enjoy myself. I want to be healthy, and I can do that by breaking up my heavy classes with some art. I can still maintain high grades with art classes, too. Sure I won’t be top of my class, but I will have invested hours of my life into something that I have a love for. 

Isn’t that lovely?

I encourage you all, to remember your health. Take the time to do things for you. Open your eyes and look at what you’re doing in life, and do what makes you happy.

Honestly, killing yourself over not attaining your perfect level of material success is not worth it. Get your sleep, soak up your leisure time with fun activities, and make sure to care for yourself, your relationships, and others. 

Invest in Jesus, invest in you, invest in your health.

This post was randomly inspired by a quality talk with a friend this morning. There’s a difference between knowledge and application, so please, choose to be wise and care for your well-being over fitting the nation’s mold of success.

Do what makes you happy. Live what you love, or rather, make sure you love whatever the heck you live.

Perfection and Utilizing God-Given Abilites

To start this off, I honestly do not consider myself a perfectionist. I am not perfect by any means, and I don’t necessarily try to be perfect in everything that I do.

Now, there’s also a question to address. Is it okay to try to be perfect? Is it wrong to try to do your best at everything? The answer to that is: absolutely not! God has given us all unique abilities and talents and He loves to see us use them as best we can.

Nevertheless, I do think the whole concept of perfection can make a person become obsessed with the idea. Too much energy wasted and time spent to attempt to be perfect at everything, or too much stress arisen by failure to meet the standards of perfection is not appealing by any means. God doesn’t want us to strive to be perfect and distress when we’re not, because we are not made to be perfect. I believe that the constant strive for unattainable perfection and mindset that it is unacceptable for anything less just sends Christians, and for that matter, anybody, in a downward spiral. That is why perfection ism is seen in a negative light.

We’re human. God is not. God is perfect, and we are sinners. That’s just how He decided to set up this world.

Back to the beginning, I’d like to think I know myself well enough to truthfully say I’m not classified as a perfectionist. I’ve been called an overachiever, but perfection is not my dire goal.

When it all winds down to it, the whole reason why I was inspired to write this post is the current situation of my grades.

Unsurprisingly to those who know me, the times I have been called an ‘overachiever’ relate to school-situations. I try to give good amount of effort to my academics, and some might classify my ‘good amount’ as ‘above and beyond expectations’.

I’m naturally gifted in the area of academic schoolwork. For some reason, God has blessed me with the ability to learn and understand easily. Getting solid A’s isn’t necessarily a piece of cake for me, but I don’t have to work quire as hard for my grades as others do.

So, the case is, last year I had a bangin’ school year. My grades were exceedingly high, and my classes were reasonably easy. I passed with high scores in a breeze.

Naturally, I expected myself to be able to pass with solid grades this year as well, with perhaps a little more work required. As I entered this school year, I was not surprised to find that classes were slightly more difficult, as they tend to progress from each grade. However, I took a class only to discover that

a) the teacher wasn’t the best

b) there weren’t many grades to make your grade ideal

c) it was different, and it required more work than any of my previous classes on my part.

Currently, my grade for that class isn’t perfect. I scored some low grades during the course of the class and worked to raise them, but I couldn’t raise them as high as I would’ve liked to in the allotted time. I have less than my normal high A, but that’s okay.

The grade I have isn’t bad by any means. Some might consider it excellent.

However, I’m left with the daunting thoughts: God has given me the ability to excel at school, and if I would have studied more and worked harder than my grade could’ve easily been higher.

If I would’ve made the time for extra studying then I could maybe have a high A.

All in all, it doesn’t matter. It’s okay to not be perfect.

It’s all part of the learning experience. Forget about the maybe’s and the what ifs, but remember the lesson you learned from not achieving your expectations, whether that be perfection or higher than what received.

This has been an eye-opening experience for me.

Do I value my grades too much? Also, what can I do to better utilize what God has given me?

Not everything can come without some good effort, including grades, even for those who would be considered academically blessed.

However, it is a hope of mine that I can manage to excel at academics through the rest of my high school career since God has given me the ability, so I should take advantage of it.

Everyone is blessed in different areas. Firstly, realize that it’s okay if you’re not the top of your class, or the fastest runner on your team. Secondly, use your God-given abilities for the best you can to honor God.

He loves us when we succeed, but more importantly, He loves us when we fail and make mistakes.