i have been pondering the idea of testing and the way God tests us. i just don't see a pass-fail. i think perhaps he grades us more on a curve. i have many bad memories of a red marked F across a test from school days signifying YOU FAILED. there is no redemption in that kind of mark. nothing in me wants to do better.
when i 'fail a test,' i sense God sitting with me and reviewing it together in a gentle, kind way. 'here is where you could have done better or because of this lie you lost your way.' dialogue, people. lots of dialogue. He is a champ at it. giving hope to our screw-ups, guiding us another way.
we get to rock-solid responses by process. by allowing in the tender heart God has to champion us toward living more from our heart and less from our hurt.