Scared? Afraid you’ll fail! With His help you can do it!

Frightened studentA frightened, panicking student knocked at my door just one week into the semester! They’d read the syllabus and they were genuinely concerned! The requirements were rigid – the expectations high. The professor (which happened to be me) did not have a reputation for “being easy!” Their words were, “I don’t think I can do it! I’ll just drop the course!”

My response? “You can do it! If you want to succeed and are willing to work with me, I guarantee you can pull it off! I know your level of commitment from other courses you’ve taken. You’re a capable and careful student! I’m here to help you succeed! You can do it!”

And she did! She worked hard, followed the syllabus, asked a lot of questions, and I helped her as I promised! She got an “A” for the course (and she earned it)!

Thought of that as I read the following passage in my Bible this morning during “coffee with the Lord.” (I’ve added a few comments of my own in brackets)…

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you [set you apart as His own] completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ [we’re taking His course – we’re His disciples – and the expectations are high!]. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it [Take heart – He is faithful – He keeps His promises! He is for us!, He will help us! He is God – the Almighty God – and with His help we can do this… blameless at Christ’s coming!] (from 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV with comments)

Whew! Think I’ll stay the course!

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