I was inspired to write on my blog today, because I really want to share what I had just encountered and what I was reminded of!
After class, as I was about to print out lecture slides in the computer lab, I happened to overhear conversation between two students, a male and a female. At first the male student complained how there was a student in his class who would look at his/her cellphone, iPad, and laptop constantly, not paying attention in class, and how that was not helpful for everyone else. He wondered whether that student was one of those people, despite the apparent inattentiveness, got all the questions right on the exam. Then, he began to share his insecurities: how he was worried about his performance on the exam and how he had forgotten some details, did not really look at the practice exam, etc. Listening to all of this, the female student attempted to make him feel better by saying how she didn't know some things on the exam and that he needed to remind himself that he's not doing this for others but for himself. Also, she pointed out he had to believe that even if he didn't do so well on the first exam, he could still end up with an A at the end of the course. I listened quietly to their conversation, but then was given a chance to talk to them. Either of them didn't know the difference between the long-edge binding and short-edge binding option for printing so I pointed out the difference and she thanked me for letting her know. I responded to them by saying "You are welcome", but I couldn't help myself and add on a few more lines as I left the computer lab: "Good luck with everything. I really don't want you guys to worry so much. We are all in this together. Have confidence!" They thanked me for my words of encouragement. However, as I walked away from the computer lab, I wished I had said something better. I mean are WE in this together?! It's an individual journey really. Who SAYS that kind of stuff???? 'face palm'
Aside from my words of encouragement that was awkward, because I knew what it is like to go through that, my heart went out to them and I really wished them well. I genuinely did not want them to have anxiety so I prayed for them. Then, I was reminded of this song and a bible verse. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33 NIV
Indeed, there are troubles in this life that weigh us down and make our lives challenging, BUT we have an inextinguishable hope in Jesus! He is our SAVIOR and a humble KING, who came to this Earth and went through all the troubles and overcame them! Thinking about this truth filled me with hope, joy and thankfulness! I prayed that next time when I see those students again, God would give me a chance and a courage to share about Jesus Christ in whom we have nothing to fear and and nothing to lose!
p.s. I pray that those of you who are reading this blog post, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13