Watch out for the people here who will tell you that what matters is a perfect GPA. For the best graduate or medical school. To get that high-paying job. To have that perfect life. The people who brag of overloading their class schedules and pulling all-nighters as much as possible, skipping sleep, meals, and socializing to study more than anyone else. And be just as wary of those who boast in having grown up in the Church, in doing countless Christian activities, and in being “good people.”
I myself have reasons for confidence in those things. A full ride to Johns Hopkins University, double-major with honors in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, interned in multiple labs, held several jobs simultaneously, dean’s list every semester for 4 years, cumulative GPA of 3.82. As for spirituality, a member of the Church since birth, worship leader, Bible study leader, 3-year president of the Christian Fellowship, missionary in southwest Baltimore and in China, and now a full-time campus minister.
But all these reasons for confidence – I consider them loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I may not be in medical or graduate school working towards a higher degree, but by knowing him, I have gained authority to be a doctor for the broken on the Hopkins campus, an advocate for the weak in Baltimore City, and a professor for the unlearned in the world. And I am found in him, not earning a righteousness of my own through Christian activities and following rules, but being a child of God, putting my life down and sharing in the suffering and death of Jesus, that I might also share in his life, now and forever.
Philippians 3 contextualized. Thanks to Renea Livingstone for leading me in this activity.