Here is a piece that may be going in the Taylor University Freshman Newsletter in January. I could write a lot more on this subject, but I am not sure how short or long the article needs to be. So here ya go.
Not too long ago, we experienced our first finals week as Taylor freshmen. Before and during that week, I found myself struggling with what I call “academic idolatry.” Academic idolatry is exactly what it sounds like, putting your academics before God. Our insatiable hunger for high GPAs and perfect papers often detracts from our time praying and being in God’s Word. Just because we don’t get a grade for how much we pray and just because we aren’t going to be quizzed over Psalm 23 tomorrow (unless you’re in Bib. Lit.), doesn’t mean we should push our Jesus time aside while we study for our tests. Too often studying for our chemistry test dealing with the nature of different molecules becomes more important than studying about the nature of the God we serve. This idea is not an excuse to be lazy in your studies. There is a difference between being responsible with your studies and being lazy. It is far more important to pray and learn more about Christ and how we can best serve Him than it is to be irresponsibly academic. Do you serve God? Or is your GPA your master?