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The Forgetful Student

There once was a college student named Rebecca. She was a bright young woman with a big future. The valedictorian of her high school, Rebecca planned to attend college, major in biology, and then go to medical school. Her dream was to be a child surgeon and to help little kids like her brother who needed emergency surgery to save his life. Becca wanted to have an impact on the world that lasted far beyond her own life, and college was the first step.

Becca's first year went very well. She sat in the front of the class, organized study groups, and frequently contacted her professors for clarification on concepts. When other students went out to the club, she was studying. Her roommate went home every weekend...but not Becca. No, going home every weekend would mean she couldn't do research because she was driving. As time would tell, her hard work paid off. At the end of the year, Rebecca had earned a 3.9 GPA. Once again, her future looked big and bright. Becca's parents, family, church, and community were all very proud of her.

And then...things started to change. Rebecca felt comfortable and decided that she needed to live a little bit. And why shouldn't she? Her grades were great, she got in no trouble, and she wanted to see what "college life" was really all about. So when her new roommate Courtney asked her to go out on Thursday night...Rebecca said yes. I mean...what could one party hurt. And it didn't hurt, until she realized that she wasn't as prepared for exam the next day.

If this was the last time it happened, this story would be pretty boring. So fortunately for you, but unfortunately for Rebecca, she kept on partying. First it was Thursdays. Then she added Saturdays. Next it was the whole weekend and some weekdays. And with every day of partying she added, her GPA played like a mix between Christina Milian, Lil' kept getting lower and lower. The problem was the Rebecca forgot what got her the 3.9. She turned her attention away from her goals, and focused more on other things. Rebecca the only one that has forgotten what got them to the next level? Could we all be in the same category? Maybe you never had a 3.9, but maybe you lost some weight by exercising and eating better and then you gained it all back. Maybe you saved a lot of money by budgeting...but you spent it all when the new clothes you heard about came out. Or maybe you felt yourself getting closer to God because you read your Bible more and set time to pray every day...but now you spend your mornings scrolling through InstaGram before you go to work.

If you feel like Rebecca, I want you to read Deuteronomy 8:11-20. Verse 11 says "But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today." In a nutshell, once you get on top, don't forget what you did to get you there. Make sure that you are sticking with what, or this case Who, got you this far.

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