But regarding anything beyond this, dear friend, go easy. There's no end to the publishing of books, and constant study wears you out so you're no good for anything else. The last and final word is this: Fear God. Do what he tells you. And that's it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it's good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:12-13 (MSG)
My daughter, Madison, has final exams this week. She's been burning the midnight oil and burning the candle at both ends simultaneously. I've been proud of her diligence and her hard work. I'm sure it will pay off on the report card. That's how it works. Those who keep the final exam in mind through the semester and are prepared for the test usually end up making the grade.
Once we finish with school, it easy to forget about final exams. The notion that we have completed the required coursework and are free from examination settles in as we move on in life. And yet, God has reminded us that our life on this Earth is spiritual coursework and there is a test. However many days each of us are given, God says that there will be a final exam at the end.
Am I ready?