When my family and I were on the TV show, "Wife Swap" we learned quickly that many of our habits and parenting methods were incredibly different from the family that we "swapped" with. One such example that outlines our differences was that of homework. Because I am privy to my kids' daily homework and study habits, and see the necessary hours they invest to stay on top of their grades, I was astounded when exposed to the method employed by the Lawrence (aka "swap family") in obtaining preparedness for school.
After the second day of welcoming my "swap kids" home from school and observing that they never cracked a book, asked me to quiz them on topics, or pulled out a pencil, I asked them when they were going to study. It was then that they informed me that they "ask God for the knowledge that they need to do well on tests." "Huh? You mean, you don't prepare for them yourself," I asked. The next morning before they left for school, I had this encounter with them regarding the subject:
This morning, I came across this article about "crammer prayers" that the Church of England provides to stressed students and had a quick flashback to my "Wife Swap" experience. The prayers in this case are written by Bishop Saxbee and read as follows:
I want to do my best to fulfil the potential you have given me.
- to stay calm
- to keep things in perspective and be content with the best I can do on the day
- to look out for my friends who need a bit of encouragement, and
- to always remember that the real test is how closely I can follow in your way.
Do you think that God can give you answers to exams? Have you ever been unprepared for class and relied on this method to succeed?