Cramming for Life

Cramming for Life

In college I worked full-time, played in a band, cared for my grandpa and at one point I was taking 21-hours of classes. I had very little time. So when it came to studying for tests I became an expert at cramming. I’d wait until the very last minute, shove all the info into my head, walk in on test day and spew all the info out on the test. Then I’d forget it.

I thought about those days when I read this quote by Andy Stanley:

…There is a price to be paid to become a man of integrity. Integrity and courage are virtues that must be nurtured and developed over time.

My translation: You can’t cram for life. You have to prepare day by day.

Integrity won’t just happen if you haven’t developed a habit of it. It has to be practiced in every little decision. Handing back the money when the girl at Starbucks gives you too much change. Turning off the TV when that warning buzzer goes off in your chest.

I’m convinced that if you aren’t determined to stick with integrity every day there is no way you’ll hold up when the big decisions come. It’s impossible in this world. You are outgunned. You need a strategy or you’ll get your tail kicked.

I’m always trying to find ways to make it easier for me to do the right thing. Lots of times that involves not going certain places. Not watching certain things. Sure, I miss out on some stuff, but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that one day we are all gonna wish we had been a bit more careful about making good choices when no one was watching.

…while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them  on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. Romans 2:16