I was driving through town and I received a call from my daughter, Shelby. I asked her if she needed anything and her response was “no, not really.” Now, dads….you know what this means…this means that our daughters are calling simply to talk and it is time to buck up and it is time to turn down our radio and put on our listening ears.
She talked of school, friends, and of funny conversations. She updated me on the show Stranger Things and This is Us.” She informed me that she was studying for a quiz, but that it wasn’t a test. Then I asked a very important question: “What’s the difference between a quiz and a test?”
(Dads, it is imperative to insert questions now and then to prove that you are listening to the conversation. Just make sure that your question is relevant to the current portion of the conversation, or the intent of such question will actually backfire.) She stated that a quiz is usually over less material and carries less weight on your final grade than a test. That being the case….students spend a lot of time studying for tests…and sometimes go into quizzes not as prepared.
Like most things in life, the quiz vs. test scenario became a theological quandary that began to race through my mind. I began to wonder what would happen if students spent the same amount of time studying for quizzes as tests. Would it not increase their grades and at the same time better prepare them for the larger and heavier tests that would eventually come their way??
Maybe I could write a book….”study for the quiz and ace the test.” I could make millions….and help students everywhere get better grades. I would receive the Nobel Peace Prize and……….
As Christians we spend most of our time worrying about the big test. We pray about sickness, we pray about finances, we pray about whether or not our kids are ever going to graduate school and become self-reliant tax paying American citizens. We get “churchy” around holidays and tragedies…but we pass over the daily quizzes in life without much fanfare or attention. We don’t really pray, seek wisdom, or even think about including God in the little quizzes that the world throws at us every day….the barking dog, the honking car, the overzealous parking attendant, the call from school, the bosses demands, the piled up laundry, the tired husband, the noisy children, the empty supper table, the overflowing garbage can.
Ahh……life’s little quizzes are coming at us faster than we can even imagine…and because they don’t carry much weight or don’t seem to be overly important…we leave God out. Can I tell you a little secret? It might be one you already know and if so….feel free to pass it on. If we spend as much God time in life’s daily quizzes…we will be much more prepared for life’s big tests. Can I tell you another little secret? It might be one you already know and if so…..feel free to pass it on. God is just as interested in how we do on life’s little quizzes as he is on life’s big tests. They are weighted no differently.
May we be more intentional and focused on the life’s daily quizzes. May we include God and let Him lead in all aspects of our life. May we be more prepared for life’s tests because trusting God and talking to Him come as natural as passing an open book quiz. It is an open book quiz you know…..or it should be anyway. So…go….open the Book and prepare.
Written by Dr. Mark A Bedwell