Over the last two years of part-time study there have been highs and lows. One such low that I vividly recall was not passing one of my modules, and having to retake it the following semester. For a short while I feared I would not recover and that I had ruined any possible hope of doing well.
Looking back, God in his infinite wisdom knew what He was doing. I failed because God was calling me to be obedient and diligent, to not be sloppy, even when I knew no one else was watching me study.
By the time I re-sat the module for the second time I had more of an understanding of what God wanted to teach me that I had not learnt the first time round. I discovered more interesting knowledge and developed some well rounded viewpoints, but I had to fail first to get to learn it.
It was then that I made a promise to God that whatever happens ‘I have started so I will finish’. I completed the course despite a whole plethora of challenges. So much happened over those two years of part-time study, both good and bad, however God enabled me to get through it all.
If I am honest I did work hard, but sometimes my efforts were half- hearted and not my best. There was a lot of discomfort at times as I cared way too much about what people thought about me.
Looking back his timing was truly the best and everything he told me to do was right and for my own benefit. School fees have gone up now and one of the greatest lessons I have learnt is to be obedient and diligence in every situation and circumstance in life.
Through this experience I realise that failure is an opportunity rather than a setback; you simply cannot enjoy success, without failure. There is also an appreciation that comes with success when it involves moments of failure. None of this should define me or anyone else; rather each one of us should be ready for failure the next time it comes around and embrace it because it most certainly will come.