More Than A Grade
by Madeline Gosey
After working with one of my students for over an hour after school, trying to help her catch up on her assignments, she looked at me with a defeated look. “Ms. Gosey, I wish students were not defined by a grade. That’s all my parents see, and it is never good enough for them.”
From such an early age, we are viewed by a snapshot of who we really are. In grade school, it’s that report card that we so desire to show our parents with pride. As we enter the workforce as a teenager, we pray our babysitting experience is enough to get the job. In college, we hope our GPA, ACT score, and recommendation letters can get us that scholarship. And after finally going through all of that, we again face a world that only gets to see us through our one page resume and a twenty minute interview.
We can so easily become frustrated with our resume-dominating world, but in the midst of this tension, our Father gives us good news in his Word.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
While the world judges us on the screen shot they are given, God does not. The Lord sees every moment of our lives. He knows our every move, thoughts, and dreams. The grace Jesus gave us through the cross gives us confidence that Jesus sees us as more than our weaknesses.
Unlike my sweet student whose hours working with me after school, studying for tests, and staying up late will never show on her report card, God sees our every moment. When our boss sees our struggle to accomplish our goals, Jesus rewards our perseverance through difficulty. When our professor sees a late grade, God sees our endurance to finish the race. When the interview panel sees our lacking resume, the Lord delights in our boldness to pursue our dream job. God does not just see where we have been or what we have accomplished, he sees our potential, if we will simply be willing to trust him. His knowledge of who we are and what we are capable of doing for his kingdom, will never be determined by worldly standards, but rather, our character and our faith. “For his power is made perfect in our weakness.”
As I sat there pondering my response to my student’s desperate cry for help, all I wanted to tell her was how much I see in her. I see her caring, gentle heart. I see her drive to pursue her goals. I see her perseverance to overcome her weaknesses and finish the race. I desire to help my students see who they are becoming rather than what grade they can achieve. The truth I was able to speak into my student’s life that day, I pray gives her confidence moving forward.
I see my students as so much more than their weaknesses and lack of successes. Praise God that we have a Heavenly Father who views us the same way.
To read more about how Jesus’ view of you can give you the boldness needed to follow your dreams, check out Buddy Gosey’s book, Enough: Someday Starts Today, now available on Amazon.