A level results

Posted by Student Team on August 18, 2010
Categories: Students

So the big day arrives, a mixture of excitement and nerves, but what happens on Thursday if your A-level results aren't quite what you hoped for? Or even better than expected?

There's loads of good advice out there suggesting great things to do, but there's very little helping Christians. So here's a stab at 5 things you can do if you get to share in the joy of the clearing process.

1. Don't Panic!
When our plans don't seem to be going our way then we often feel unsettled and scared because we realise we're not in control. But if we think about it even when we do think we're in control we're not. The reality is that God is in control all the time and he loves and cares for his people. This is what Jesus said to people who were worried about their future:

28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
(Matt 6:28-30)

Let's remember God is in control and he will care for us.


2. Pray
Often when things don't go as we want them to we think what we need to do is work a bit harder or faster. What we should do when we realise we're not in control is to talk to him who is in control. That's what Paul urged the church in Philippi to do.

6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Phil 4:6-7)

So before we start ringing around uni's or wondering what we can do with the rest of our life let's take a minute, find somewhere quiet, and talk to the one is in control of the universe.


3. Pick a good church
Which will set us up for a lifetime serving God better:
3 years at a great uni but with no decent church to help you grow as a Christian or
3 years at an average uni and at an excellent church?
I think we know the answer.

A great church can turn a boring course or an average university into an amazing time. Pick a place where you know you'll grow as a Christian, a place that loves God and hearing from him through the bible. 3 years spent at a great church will set us up for a lifetime of serving God's people in a way that 3 years studying accountancy or dog grooming at the best university never would.


4. Plan to use your year for God
When God's plans are different to our plans we can be stunned into a Christian funk, a depressing spiral wondering what our life is going to be like. Fight the funk by seeing the year ahead as an opportunity to serve God. Remember God's plans are better than ours. That's what Isaiah reminded God's people.

8For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
9For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.
(Isa 55:8-9)

Think about how we might best use the year to promote God's glory. That will be different for all of us, for some it might mean a year working in an office living and witnessing for Jesus as we apply for uni's again next year, for others it might be taking a course at uni where they know they can get stuck into a great church, and for some it might mean using the year working for a Christian organisation.


5. Remember it's all part of God's plan
Finally in the chaos and mixed emotions of the next few days remember that our life is safely held in God's hand, that nothing will separate us from his love and from God's plan to make us more gorgeous (like Jesus). That's what Paul reminded the church in Rome about when they were facing a tough time.

28And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
(Rom 8:28-30)

And so I guess it's a great thing for us to focus on as we experience all the joys of clearing.


 


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