Getting Ahead: ‘Extra effort’


By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer



I can remember studying for various tests while I was in school. It seemed, however, that I would put off studying for them as long as I could. I usually turned in my homework in a timely manner so I had a general idea of the materials that I needed to know. That knowledge, which resulted from my homework, was not usually good enough to get the grade I needed. I had to review the notes that I took in class and go through the entire section of the textbook for which the test was to be taken.

I remember thinking of how good it was going to be when my education was complete. That extra effort which resulted in anxiety as the testing time came closer and closer would be no more. School would be over, all of that extra effort to pass the test would be no more, and I would be set free! There would be no more tests for me to pass.

Now it has been many years since I was in school. The notion which I had about testing being a thing of the past has not materialized. As a matter of fact, my testing seemed to get on steroids when I ceased to be a student and attempted to become a responsible adult. There also seemed to be less opportunity to have a second chance by completing a make-up test.

The one thing that I have found to be a constant reality is that every test takes effort to pass. Why is it that many times we do not face that reality in the tests of our everyday life? Why do so many people give up without giving their problems the effort it takes to get through them? What would your life be like if you were to “give it all you’ve got?” (Those were my dad’s last words to our family before he passed away). Could it be that we never stop being a student?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington Junior High School Library for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 W. Court St. in Washington Court House.

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By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer