I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart. Psalm 40:8 NLT
When I was in nursing school, the theoretical part of the program had a grading system with parameters from 80-100: 90-100=A; 80-89=B; 79 or below=Failure. The Clinical aspect which equates to the student nurse performing basic hands-on nursing procedures was based on a Pass or Fail grading standard.
Throughout the program, the pressure was intense, and as a result our class dwindled from 27 enrollees to 7 graduates. On the day of final exams, we anxiously waited for our grades to be posted on the student bulletin board. Each of us were given a numerical identifier to ensure confidentiality. As the Instructor posted the final grades of the program, we were surprised to see that only 4 of the 7 students had passed.
It was the next event that had us in disbelief. We were told that the test contained experimental questions that were included to evaluate our nursing judgment and critical thinking skills based on unfamiliar theory that we had not learned during the program. The disallowed questions had been included in the grading of the exam, and we were instructed to take a 60 minute break while the final exams were regraded. When the grades were reposted, all seven of us had successfully passed.
However, there is a crucial aspect to graduating from nursing school and that is the successful passing of the State Licensure exam–NCLEX that determines if you possess the knowledge to legally practice nursing. Although the second grading of the final exams indicated that 7 student nurses had successfully passed the RN program; it was only the original 4 students who passed the school’s Final Exam that passed the NCLEX exam and we were granted licenses to practice nursing.
In the believers pursuit of righteousness, there are no grading curves, either we possess genuine faith and obedience to the Word of God or we fail. Righteousness is doing what is right. Our characters are revealed by how we live, what we think and speak, and the deeds that we perform on a daily basis.
It is not enough to believe in the theory of truth.
“Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.” 1 John 3:7
It is the secrets and the cherished sins in our hearts that God is aware of. We only have this life to put on the robe of Christ’s righteouness. This is our opportunity to form the characters that are necessary for us to reside in the heavenly home that Christ is preparing for us.
By letting go of our selfish desires, and by possessing the willingness to obediently submit to God, we are preparing for our final destination-Eternal life.
Thought for today: It is God’s standards for our characters that determine whether we are passing or failing.
Verse for today: Galatians 5: 22,23
Prayer for today: Dear God, I realize that I must let go of many selfish desires in order for my character to be pleasing to you. I ask you to give me the strength to call on your name to make the significant changes that are required to live righteously. I desire eternal life and I thank you for your grace and mercy upon my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz