Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. – Hebrews 12:1
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!
25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.
26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.
How much does hardship and adversity affect outcome? What are some effective ways of dealing with adversity?
In May 2019, the College Board announced that in addition to a student’s SAT score, colleges may now consider a student’s “Overall Disadvantage Level,” or their “Adversity Score.”
What is the SAT Adversity Score?
The SAT Adversity Score is a number that the College Board calculates quantifying the disadvantages a student has faced. The Adversity Score is on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 denoting the least amount of hardship and 0 indicating the highest amount of hardship.
The logic here is that drastic differences in SAT scores between test takers is not based solely upon ability, knowledge, and intelligence. Rather the advantages or disadvantages of the test taker starts out with significantly influence SAT scores. What? That’s right.
If you had it tough growing up, that explains the lower scores. It is not about proficiency, aptitude, or problem solving skills. Striving students with high adversity and hardship growing up should get a break, a leg up when it comes to college admission. Using an Adversity Score along with a SAT score, aims to even the playing field.
What are valid predictors of academic ability? There are many. Perhaps, at the top of the ladder are leadership, character, and persistence. The Adversity Scores of Asian students and the economic status of their families does not seem to be a major influence of their academic achievement. Rather, their emphasis on scholarly effort and self-discipline appears to be a very significant factor. Indeed, Asian students on average, outscore white students on the SAT by 100 points; they outscore black students by 277 points.
In The Republic, Plato spoke of “the Noble Lie.” The Noble Lie is told to the masses to keep them under control and happy with their situation in life and maintain social stability.
The Noble Lie is that all children are equal. But in fact, the Greek rulers believed that some children were gold, others silver, and still others iron. These metals determined a person’s station in life.
The Noble Lie is just that, a lie, a myth, a fabrication. It is knowingly propagated by the privileged elite to maintain social harmony and to advance their agenda.
REFLECT & PRAY
What is the entrance requirement for heaven? There is only one: the blood of Christ. Adversity Scores do not play a role! It is objective and final.
Father it is so easy to judge people and think less or more of them based upon some arbitrary standard. Help me to remember that everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23).
There is a tremendous difference in age between a potential college student that is a teenager, and a fully grown man in his 30s. Recognizing the adversity that the Lord Jesus Christ faced and how He overcame it, is most instructive. What disadvantages did He face and how did He respond?
When on earth, the Lord Jesus Christ lived by faith and suffered much adversity. He had a humble birth. He grew up in a blue-collar family. His childhood was marked by insinuations regarding the legitimacy of His birth. The Lord Jesus Christ was rejected, betrayed, mocked, beaten, despised and ultimately broken and killed. That was real adversity, not imagined adversity.
If you calculated the Adversity Score of the Lord Jesus Christ what would it be?
Isaiah 52:14 His appearance was marred more than any man And His form more than the sons of men.
2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
3 He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; and a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away. . .
10 But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to death.
The Lord Jesus Christ triumphed because of His persistence and absolute commitment to the highest calling of all, fulfilling the will and purpose of the Father. He is a perfect example for us to follow.
1 Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.