I recently stumbled on a quote by Walker Percy that said “You can get all A’s and still flunk life.” I wrote it down. I think the converse is also true. You can never get A’s, maybe even get some F’s, and still succeed in life.
On the mirror in my bathroom I have a sticky that says “Intelligence isn’t bad, but love for Jesus is the point!” which is a quote from a Mark Driscoll sermon.
I need these reminders. As I pursue a “higher education” degree, studying God’s word and many things that go with it… it’s easy to get caught up in the need for more intelligence/the desire for A’s/prestige/etc.
But love for Jesus is the point, that’s why I’m here. To work hard, to gain intelligence… yes. But doing those things alone will not bring me success. I could still flunk life. I could still not walk in a manner worthy of the gospel. If I don’t come out on the other side loving Jesus more than when I went in, I’ve gained nothing of value.
Another semester is over and the light at the end of this tunnel is getting brighter. I didn’t get all A’s but I did pretty well and I mostly… I did learn more about loving Jesus and that’s all the really really matters!