Tuesday, April 10, 2012

54. You get credit for what you finish, not what you start.

B.G. Jett
If the word quit is part of your vocabulary, then the word finish is likely not.

This winter you joined the Bible Drill team at church. 

When they first announced that they were offering bible drill you were so excited. Sweet Daddy and I went over all the requirements with you - attend every meeting, study in between meetings, and explained to you the time commitment you would be making. 

You were so ready - so we all signed the form for you to participate.

There were four components of bible drill:

book call - the teacher would call out a book of the Bible, you had 10 seconds to find it, step forward, and then name the book before it and the book after it

key passage - the teacher would call out a key passage - you would locate it in the Bible, step forward, and then read a verse from the key passage (such as : Birth of Christ - you had to know where that was in the Bible, find it, and read one verse from it)

 memory verse - the teacher would call out a book, chapter and verse and you would have to recite the verse from memory

key words - the teacher would say a portion of a bible verse, you would have to complete the bible verse, and then also say the book, chapter, and verse where it could be found

A few months into the Bible Drill you were doing really well - you were close to scoring the number of points you needed to qualify to go to the association drill. 

Then, you were assigned a Faces of History project for your Classical Conversations IEW class. The assignment was to not only write the paper, but memorize it as well. 

This gave you less time to prepare for Bible Drill and you struggled with memorizing both pieces of information at the same time.

As we neared the church drill, you wanted to not participate in the big church wide drill. Sweet Daddy and I really struggled with what to do. On one hand we knew that you had worked hard, and that you had chosen to focus your time on your CC presentation which was very important. We knew that you may not do as well as you had hoped. On the other hand, we all 3 signed a form that you would participate and see bible drill all the way through. 

So, we decided as a family that you would participate in the church wide drill. We feel it is important to teach you to finish what you start.

You did not qualify for the associational drill, but you did do a great job! You were a few points away. Sweet Daddy and I were so proud of you for following through. For completing what you started.

You get credit for what you finish, not what you start.

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