How To Approach GCSE Results
We're rooting for all you girls preparing to receive GCSE results tomorrow morning! Our prayer is that you would be able to receive your results confident in your status as a child of God, regardless of what you achieve on paper.
Promoting a culture of peace
I remember the night before GCSE results day most vividly. I was surrounded by anxiety, apprehension, and noise. The world around me was telling me to panic, so I felt that’s what I should be doing, it was normal, all my friends were.
However, why should we be accepting what the world is telling us is normal? If we truly believe God uses all things for the good of those who love him, no matter what letters are printed under our names, we can be at peace.
It says in Luke 12:25, “who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” In other words, what are we to gain by worrying? Nothing.
When the world around you is provoking panic, promote peace.
Turn away from the noise to the stillness of your creator, who could not love you any more or any less no matter what grades are under your name, and hide under the shadow of his wings. For Jesus doesn’t give to us as the world gives. It says in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Right now, in this very moment, Jesus wants to replace the worldly troubles on your heart with his heavenly peace.
So tonight, instead of submitting to the world and becoming a part of that anxiety, apprehension and noise, use this as opportunity to witness to your friends about the Prince of Peace. When the world surrounding you is telling you to panic, ask Jesus for his heavenly perspective and vision to turn your panic into peace into praise.
Amy, a Worcestershire farmer's daughter at heart, is in her second year at Durham University studying Music. She loves a good bit of opera, spending time with her friends and fam, and is completely obsessed with her dogs.
Trusting in God's perfect plan
When I opened my GCSE results, God blessed me with the grades I had been wanting all year. However, some of my other Christian friends did not get the grades they had been praying for. Whatever grades we open tomorrow there are a few key things God tells us in his word that can reassure us and give us peace:
Firstly, however hard it might be, God commands us in Philippians not to worry about anything but instead to pray about everything. Jesus asks the question in Matthew ‘who by worrying can add a single hour to their life?’ If we don’t get the results we want we should pray and speak to our loving father about it rather than worry. In Proverbs we're told to:
'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight'
Looking towards A level results this year I've found great reassurance and comfort in giving everything over to the Lord and trusting his carefully crafted plan for each of us, even if this is not the plan we are expecting.
Our God is the all powerful, all loving creator who never breaks his promises- a pretty good person to be trusting and building our life upon!
If God does bless us with the grades we want, we must remember to thank him! I have definitely been guilty of giving myself a pat on the back after opening my results rather than giving praise and glory to God. If we have been praying to God about results and he answers our prayers then we should remember to thank him and we should continue to work for him and his glory.
Finally, my world often seems to revolve around school and my grades when in fact it should revolve around my saviour Jesus Christ.
Whatever our results, we should remember to fix our eyes on Jesus and set our minds on the incredible, life transforming things above.
Izzy, 18 from Cheltenham, loves playing hockey or any kind of sport and singing to tunes with her friends (preferably on a roadtrip!) She has just finished school and is hoping to study geography at University.
When the buzz dies down...
As soon as I opened my results letter, I burst into tears. This wasn't because my results were terrible or because I was outrageously happy with them but I just felt so overwhelmed.
It's such an odd feeling that months and months of hard work, exhaustion, pressure, emotional stress, tears and perseverance can be squeezed into that one tiny envelope and that a few letters on a page are all that you've been working for. When you're in that moment, GCSEs feel like the be all and end all; but I can promise you that they're absolutely not.
To tell the truth, when I first looked at the sheet of paper, there were a couple of grades that I wasn't too happy with, and that was something that I had to deal with with God after expectations had been set so high and I didn't quite meet them. But, with hindsight, my GCSE results only really mattered for a day or two and after that, people became less interested and stopped asking me what I got.
This doesn't mean they weren't important - not at all, it just means that you must surround your results day with a greater perspective of what we're living for, which ultimately is to see God's kingdom come and to live a life devoted to following Jesus.
When the buzz of results day dies down it can leave you thinking, “well, all that work was for nothing!”, when in fact it's totally the opposite. All that hard work and perseverance grounded me with a good work ethic for my A levels and all the emotional ups and downs made me become more real with facing my emotions and working through them in a healthy way. Quite possibly the most important thing I learnt is that the grades I got don't define me as a person. Sure - the Lord saw my heart throughout my working and revision and honoured that by giving me what I needed for the next stage...but that's something He'll always do, even if the next stage is not something you were expecting.
The Lord has a great plan for you and only He really knows what that will look like. Be prepared for anything but take courage in the fact that you are on a beautiful adventure with a God who knows you and loves you the most and that his plans for you will always prosper.
Abbie has just returned from her wonderful time with YWAM in Hawaii. She is now so excited to start University in Exeter in September, studying Drama. A lover of all things pink, anything cinnamon and most of all Jesus. He has well and truly captured her heart.
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