For many years now there’s been a steady trend in education called “grade inflation.” It means that every year more and more A’s are given out regardless of how well the student actually performs. While the report card still reads “average” for a C, in reality only the bottom 10% make C’s.
Maybe grade inflation comes from the idea that we all want to be above average at everything we do. But, by definition, everyone cannot be above average. That’s why we have to choose what things we want to excel in and devote adequate time to those activities.
Just as Joshua challenged the people of his day to “Choose you this day whom you will serve” we must also choose what we will serve and not let it trouble us if we can’t be above average in everything else.
Academic grades can be manipulated by people. But no one can manipulate their standing before God. That’s why excelling at what He wants will redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.