testing, 1, 2, 3

 I used to teach Jr High & High School and I thoroughly loved teaching!!  My students to this day would probably tell you that I was a hard teacher and my tests were particularly difficult.  It’s true, I did give rough tests & I did my level best to have them graded and returned by the next day because I firmly believed that my students would learn the most if I could get their tests graded and returned asap.  Their tests would help them see where they were solid and the areas where they needed to make improvements.  Ultimately, the tests were not for my benefit, but rather for my students and I wanted to help them get the most out of them that I possibly could.

To me, this is interesting because there are several occasions in the Bible where God tested people and several verses that imply that He still tests us – to show us our strengths and weakspots.  Sometimes when we go through difficult seasons or seasons that seem to be murky or deficient in purpose, these can often be tests.  In the tests that I now recognize that God has given me, I’ve learned some extremely helpful things – the importance of wisdom, the power of patience, the significance of trust and the vitality of genuine love, plus more.  Even though we often don’t like tests, they can certainly be very valuable 🙂

an important question

 A few nights ago, I had a dream & woke up at 2:30am with 1 Cor 6:12 on my mind.  Not knowing that the verse said, I got up & checked it out.  It talks about things that are permitted but not profitable & about not being mastered by anything, save Christ.  From this experience, I’ve been thinking about many of the activities in my life & I’ve been kind of taking an inventory of things I permit versus things that are profitable.  We can allow lots of things, events, activities, etc in our lives & they may not be harmful.  But the real question to ask is if such things are profitable & profitable not only to ourselves, but more importantly, profitable to the kingdom of God.  Let’s be mindful, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to keep our lives as profitable as possible for God’s kingdom.

The operative question:  is this profitable?  🙂