College Exam

It was in the spring of Gavin’s freshman year in college. He lived in the dorm and had just finished studying for an important 11:30 AM exam.

At 11:00 he decided to sit in the lounge to clear his mind before walking to the far side of campus for the exam.  Just then Brad from the dorm came in and began asking him questions about his Christian beliefs.  Brad had never been interested before!

Gavin talked to him while keeping an eye on the clock.  Soon it was 11:15 and he wondered, “Should I tell Brad I have a test?  All year I’ve been hoping for this chance. If I leave now, I may not get another opportunity.”  So they continued the discussion and didn’t wrap it up until 11:40!  Gavin then took off running across campus.

He knew the material and knew he could get an “A.”  Sadly, he arrived so late he couldn’t finish on time and only received a “C” grade.  Now he realized the best he could expect for the course was a “B.”

Yet he told himself, “It’s okay, because the big thing I wanted to do for God this year was make a difference for Him. I needed to take that time to talk with Brad.

Later thinking about it, he realized nobody would’ve criticized him for excusing himself to take the test. Brad would’ve understood. Yet Gavin knew that talking to Brad was something God wanted him to do.  He needed to obey.

To his surprise, Gavin received an “A” for the course.  He thought to himself, “God has rewarded me for being obedient!  He has let me know I did the right thing.  Thank You, Lord!”

Today Gavin is a medical doctor and continues to share Christ at every opportunity.

Are there things you know God wants you to do that you are not doing? What do you think God thinks of that?  How would you like to respond to Him?

  • If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.  James 4:17
  •  Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.     John 14:21
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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8 Responses to College Exam

  1. Kristi says:

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing this story!! And Amen!!

    Love Always and Shalom,


  2. Susan says:

    What an inspiring story! It is always best to be obedient, but that was a very hard trial for Gavin. He passed with flying colors. Sometimes the reward is a little more elusive to see, but God is good and he provides.

  3. A beautiful reminder of ‘But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you’. Matthew 6:33

  4. Frank King says:

    Gavin was torn between to important concerns. No one would have faulted him for leaving on time for his test. But he clearly knew and embraced what was most important.

  5. Kathleen says:

    Yes, and it appears God rewarded him in the end. How faithful is our God.

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