It is assessment season around campus. The Primary students have all types of assessment, Year 11 just finished block exams and the Year 12 students are sitting their first round of mock external exams. Exciting times!
Exams and assignments, albeit quite antiquated, are a method of measuring how much a student has learnt. We then turn this into a letter between A and E to grade a student’s progress. We mustn’t lose sight however that this is a way of measuring knowledge and not necessarily growth.
At Mueller, one of our values statements is Everyone can Grow and Thrive.
God’s creation can be both studied (an aspect of growing) and enjoyed (an aspect of thriving). Much of the common experience of schooling is learning about the world around us. And yet, the knowledge of God’s revelation in creation is not sufficient for salvation.
The Bible instructs us to grow and reveals life to the full. True growth, however, comes about through a knowledge of our own sinfulness and the grace God extends to us through His son. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity (2 Peter 3:18). We are to grow in every way into Christ (Ephesians 4:15).
God intends us to thrive. Life will not always be easy. We have never been promised a trouble-free life, instead, we have the promise of God’s strength to overcome (Philippians 4:13). A life which has grown into Christ will have abundant life and joy to the full (John 10:10; 15:11).