Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Intelligence is not Enough

"Intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character."
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It hurts, to kick against the pricks.

 My previous college experiences have been, odd enough, like stealing candy from a baby. Professors ranged from difficult to pleasantly easy and the classes have been good dusters—prohibiting any proverbial dust from settling on my brain--but never mentally draining.

So, when this semester (full of elementary education courses) began I thought I was about to take another walk in the park, a gentle stroll with a few bumps here and there. Was I ever wrong.

We’re three weeks into the semester and already I am struggling to keep up with the homework, the papers, the schedule. I can’t even keep the classes straight: Emergent Literacy, Children’s Literature, and Formation of Education . . . which one am I taking a seat in now?

Needless to say, I’ve been taken aback, thrown off my easy (admittedly lazy) course. I feel so small and inept.

My options? Shrink away from the challenge or step up. This morning I happened upon Letter From Christ. Allison wrote on her recent experiences of teaching in China.

She wrote, “There were several days, particularly in the first week, that I felt overwhelmed. I reminded myself that God was able to make all grace abound to me, and that He was sufficient to meet all my needs. On my class schedule I would write things like “Needy and Dependent” to remind myself of this.”

Needy and Dependent. I am earning a degree so that I can teach on a mission field where the work will be hard. I’ll need to be dependent on Christ then and funny, but I need to be dependent on Him now.

Now when I am desperately looking for work. Now when my schedule is already overflowing. Now when money is tight. Now.

I know it’s small; there are so many more BIG problems out there. But this is my current struggle and I am learning to be needy and dependent—and find that His grace is sufficient.

Making coffee and conquering homework,



  1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Frannie - I'm getting bogged down in major and minor classes myself, and it's good to remember that He is ready and willing to help me with my "little" struggles as well as my "big" ones!


  2. Hello Frannie! I found your blog recently, and I've really enjoyed browsing through it. :)

    With regards to this post, I've been going through the same sort of thing this semester with my studies. So know that you're not alone! :) However, reading your post made me remember that God is in control, and that we should always trust in Him and give all of our problems (however big or small) to Him...and He will work things out. Thank you for this reminder to be dependent on God. :) I needed it...especially today!

    You have a great, encouraging blog! :D
    I hope you have a wonderful week full of blessings!

    A sister Christ,


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