This is the season for the SAT test. As I sipped my cofee Saturday morning waiting for my 17 year old daughter to finish getting ready for her second round with the SAT, I openned up Feedly to read Seth Godin’s post, Measuring without Measuring. In his witty, and for the moment “timely” manner, he states that the SAT is the best measure to see how a person will do on the SAT. In two weeks we will have results showing kids who showed up and “fell” into great scores, kids who showed tremendous effort and growth to get “average scores” and very smart kids who struggle through tests only to get bad scores. What are we hoping to gain from making hundres of thousands of kids take this test? Colleges want results. They want to stack the odds in their favor that accepting more freshman with higher SAT scores will provide better results (ie, grades, student involvement, graduation). The measuring stick of our life is results. This is not one of those egalitarian posts about giving every kid a trophy or the self esteem movement anyone in thier 30s can remember. We must measure results because we are not God. We get paid to deliver results. God is all knowing and measures something greater because he is reading the entire story. He measures intentions. He knows your heart. He paid the price on Calvary 2000 years ago to guarentee the results. All he asks for is you to love him, to have faith like a child (Luke 18:17)
What God gives us that the rest of life doesn’t, is a place to put our heart where we are guarenteed success.
We can put our efforts on sales numbers, amount of blog posts, and the soccer score. Yet It doesn’t matter. The results don’t change the core of who we are. In a world that will accept results regardless of intentions, we will never accept intentions without results. Only God will do that. True purpose is aligning your results with your intentions. In other words, you are not only good at something, but you want to be good at it as well. As I push through the self doubt about my writing ( I am not good enough, not writing enough, etc. ) and my parenting (who am I to raise these kids?) and my work results (numbers are down again?), I am comforted by the true measure of who I am by my heart. This fuels my ambition to take on the self doubt through intentionality and consistently “showing up”.