When I am on vacation, I usually have opportunity to test some students who are having learning difficulty. It’s something fun I do three or four times a year. Since I’m primarily testing Christian, homeschooled students, it is fun to teach them how to put their struggles within a biblical framework.
Yesterday I talked about how God uses failure in our lives. It’s not something to be avoided at all costs, but something useful and productive.
I also talked about feeling inadequate to do anything for God. When you’re looking at a high school student square in the eye who really can’t do what most of us can do, you can’t tell him lies about being able to do anything he puts his mind to. You have to teach him that God didn’t mess up, that God has a plan for him, and that God will help him do it.
Here is what I said:
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 138:8
You have everything you need to do God’s will for you right now. [this is the motto at Hidden Treasure Christian School, a school for children with disabilities]
I tell it to kids with significant limitations, but it’s good for me to hear, too. I need to be reminded it’s God’s strength that is made perfect in my weakness. With God’s help, I can choose to do right just now.