You’ll be fine. Really,
it’s not that important. You’re smart enough.
I remember vividly in High School telling myself I could get by without doing the homework. As long as I kept my grades up, I did as little as possible. My friends and I would work on separate parts of the packets and exchange answers. I mean come on, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Right?
Thankfully, I joined a class that was just above head. No longer could I skip the homework or copy off of a friend. The tests were hard. The class? Calculus. Yes, I was a numbers girl. Math just made sense to me and the tests were always easy. (Now, make me do a book report and I’d be all over spark notes–how’d I start blogging?)
Easy until Calculus that is. I needed at least a B, and the first test came back… well below a B. Here was my wake up call. I had a choice to make. Rise up to the challenge and do the homework (all of it) or continue in my ways and hope to just pass the class.
Our teacher held each one of us accountable and was going to do everything in his power to see us succeed. So you can imagine I opted for the homework.
Night after night, hour after hour. I studied harder than I ever had and guess what? I finished with an A-. YES. But it’s about so much more than the grade.
Homework is about conditioning yourself. Homework is where you can truly see someone’s character. Homework is where we grow.
After school we still have homework. We see all the things we can easily ‘skip over’ to just get by. Individually, each chore we skip over doesn’t seem like such a bad thing. But they add up–sometimes quicker than we could imagine.
Maybe it’s a car, skipping an oil change. Maybe it’s in a job, not replying to a couple of emails. Maybe it’s a marriage, skipping date night. Maybe it’s in your faith, skipping on quiet time with your Bible.
Whatever IT is, homework is never a hindrance–it is a gift. When we do our homework we shine in the test. Homework is where we put in all the extra hours, blood, sweat, and tears. Why? So that the test will seem easy. We will be prepared–won’t even need that 5×7 double sided note card.
Now, more than ever, I am grateful for the challenge I received in that Senior Calculus class. Friends, when we fail a test in life we are faced with a choice–do nothing or study harder. Let’s get that late night coffee and have ourselves a study party shall we? I’ll be in the library and there’s an extra chair.