“Lord, thank You for …”
Sixteen years ago, I got the highest score in my first ever Accountancy exam. I got a perfect score in part 1 of the exam which was problem-solving. I was so happy with it. I told myself that it was the mathematician in me that made it possible.
When the results of the second exam came, my score was still good. I was not the highest but my score was the third highest. I was again so proud of what I have accomplished.
By the way, I just came then from a school term where I got the highest grades in my two Math subjects. I was so full of myself. I kept on telling myself that it was Math after all, so getting a good grade was really easy. Or so I thought.
(It didn’t dawn on me then that it was Accounting, and it was NOT JUST MATH!!!)
When the score for the third exam was released, I got a shock. I scored just 51% — from the highest scorer down to the bottom. And for a student who used to getting high scores, that was a heart-breaking moment.
I was dumbfounded. My classmates were comparing scores. When someone asked my score, I just smiled at the person. Deep inside, however, I was so depressed because I wanted to maintain high grades. And, getting that exam score was never acceptable. All I could think at that time was that it could bring down my grade. (What a grade-conscious student.)
When what happened sink in me, the first thing that came into my mind was my mother, and her usual line — “Kuya, Just pray…” So after dismissal, when I reached the main door of my college building, oblivious to the calls of my friends, I ran as fast as I could towards the nearest church. I approached the nearest pew, and knelt down.
And then, I prayed…
“Lord, thank You for helping me get a 51%. I know that without You it could all go downhill. Thank You, thank You so much for being there for me! It could have been just 10% but You stayed with me, and helped me do good! I also understand what You are saying to me that I need to study harder.”
Then, I stood up. Walked towards my boarding house carrying a wide smile drawn across my face. And, all the while thinking — “I was so lucky God stayed with me during that exam.”
So what’s my message to all of you?
Friends, we all play different roles — say students, businessmen or career-professionals. Together with each role is our life-goals. And as we pursue these, all of us will be confronted with challenges. These challenges can most of the time rattle us, and could most likely weaken our resolve to pursue our journey. What is important in dealing with these is how we take these.
…Look at these challenges positively.
…See these as mere avenue to help you grow.
…Think of these as means to bring out the best in you.
Always remember that how your issues in life will affect you will always depend on your perspective. So the next time that a challenge comes across your way, reflect and consider how you want that to impact your life — something that will stop your journey or something that will make you grow.