I got the test and began to read the questions. As I did a sinking feeing came over me. I had studied alright, but I realized as I read through the test questions that I had studied the wrong book. The course was American history and unfortunately I had studied and learned the book on Britian's history. I sat horrified over failing the class, I couldn't believe I had spent so much time studying the wrong material. I was doomed to failure. I was a wreck. And there was nothing I could do about it.
I have been reading a lot this summer, fun books, silly books, and a few serious spiritual ones as well. But I must confess that I have spent a lot of time reading books that have little to no eternal value. They're like watching T.V. Usually harmless, but also not very redeeming.
As I pondered the dream I had last night I wondered to myself if I've been spending too much time on the wrong thing. The things that really matter, those things that God might want to test me on, I haven't really been focusing on.
And I guess if the terrifying test dream is any indication, maybe I better be studying God's word first.
So today I decided that it is time memorize God's word, time to be focusing on those important things.
And I got to thinking that God really does give us good gifts. And out of those I need to share. He gives me what he gives me not only for my enjoyment but also because others can be blessed by those gifts too.
"...hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment... do good, be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." (1 Timothy 6:17-18)
So that is where I am starting. I'm studying the right material. And I pray that I'm ready come test day.