My daughter struggles with Math. I see so much of myself in her as we work from one problem to the next during homework time. It’s not so much that she doesn’t grasp the concept as it is forgetting it at first glance.
Usually it’s a focus issue. Other times, she makes it harder than it actually is. It can be a frustrating thing for her, especially because her grades don’t always reflect her knowledge of the subject.
You know, my daughter’s issue with math is a good lesson for many of us as it pertains to the Christian life.
Sometimes, we need to forget how to count. Dollars and followers, successes and failures. Frustrations, sins, birthdays, friends. We’d be better off to remember to count our blessings, to count the cost of the Cross. To recount His mercies, new every day.
We’d also be wise to forget our <, > & =. We can spend our life away comparing ourselves to others, others to others, and on and on. If we would, instead, consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ, we’d have only fullness of life in Him to gain.
Why don’t we call it quits on that word problem for now? We’ve read it over and over, word by word, thought of every formula and equation, and we still can’t solve it. If we’d let it go, leave it in God’s hands and move on–living, serving, praising, trusting–we’d learn from watching Him solve it His way. Maybe even move up a grade in the process.
Place value, telling time, statistics, percentages, ratios, speed drills…some of us need to lay the Math at God’s feet right now and let Him do it. We’ve made our lives too complicated, our problems bigger than they really are. We’re trying too hard to solve things our way, or quite simply we’re frustrated and distracted by numbers and results.
If this describes you, like me, then together let’s change our study habits. We will need a new focus. One that requires closing our books, laying down our pencils with worn erasers and looking up. As we do, we’ll be swept away by the view.
“Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2, ESV
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, NIV
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