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The Typing Race

I’m going to try to write faster. Or, type faster, if I’m being exact.

Remember those typing classes we used to have in school? If you’re my age, you were probably practicing on a computer. If you’re my mom’s age, it was a typewriter.

Do they still teach typing today? I remember playing those typing games, where you’d have to type the ‘q’ if you wanted to defeat the aliens or swim away from the big fish.

It’s kind of odd that those games were always based on fear. Don’t be invaded, don’t be eaten, don’t miss the letter or you’ll fail. I wonder if schools realize how they are teaching us to be afraid– particularly, afraid of failure.

You think I’m exaggerating this? Maybe I am. I tend to search for the deeper meaning in things.

Maybe we are not being taught to be afraid. But what if we are?

I was afraid of getting a B. Even an A- was uncomfortable for me. Distinguished Honor Roll, and now the Dean’s List. Pushing myself until my assignment is perfect, but never satisfied because perfection remains annoyingly out of reach.

That’s how I went through school. It’s only recently that I’ve begun to expect less of myself (writing a novel while learning a new language while learning graphic art while reading hundreds of pages while also blogging and copywriting will make you reevaluate your priorities).

It’s taken me years to realize that my grades, and now my budding career, do not define me. Sure, it's important to have integrity and produce good work, but those works do not earn my worth.

Yours don’t either.

Friends, “it is by grace, [GOD’S GRACE] you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph 2:8-9, emphasis mine).

If you’re like me, you want to earn your worth. But we can never do enough to earn salvation from death to life, sinner to saved, from wicked to good. Gosh, don’t we all want to be good?

Thankfully, God already says we are. By His great grace, He calls us good. In fact, He made us good, before we did anything to earn the name (Gen 1:26-31).

We are enough because He says we are. No Dean’s Lists or typing mastery necessary.


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