Could you guess which two words were the most commonly used on the internet this year? The Global Language Monitor ( says they are:

1) 404

2) Fail

K that’s a bit depressing… 404 is what you get when a web page-load fails. ‘Fail’ is, well…

How big is failure (or the fear of it) for you? Maybe in these exams, a relationship, on the sports field, your parents’ expectations?

Sometimes failure can be the kick in the pants we need. Other times it can break us. With your Father in heaven there is ALWAYS the chance to press reset, start again and grow strong in the broken places.

Trust him. He’s got you.

Here’s how Paul dealt with ‘failure’ in his life: 2 Corinthians 11v16 – 12v10



‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength.’ (Philippians 4v13). How’s that for motivation to work hard to do your best? Next time you feel that you can’t do something for any reason remember that promise.

Maybe in these exams if you feel you can’t do well remember to lean on the strength that comes from Christ. And whatever marks you get in the end, know that Jesus will never abandon you. He is always there and likewise we should never abandon Christ. May all of God’s strength be with you these exams!

Philippians 4 here:

Cole Newel, Cape Town



Here’s a shoutout to all the matrics who started writing finals this week (finally!) And here’s something to encourage you (and everyone in other grades too) as you get tested over the next few weeks.

Being tested isn’t usually very fun. In the Bible, the word they used was the same as being ‘tempted.’ What was the point of testing then? To PROVE and IMprove – always.

Whether you’re going for straight A+’s or just hoping to pass, God is able to use any time of testing to shape you more into the person he made you to be. Whatever happens – study hard, write fearlessly! God has you in his hands.

Read Psalm 139 here:

What are your eyes fixed on?


How are you feeling as you get ready for today? Are you thinking of the things you’re struggling with: conflicts you’re caught in, the test you haven’t really studied for, the habits you’re definitely going to avoid today? Or are you focusing on something better?

Someone once said to me we tend to move towards the things our eyes are focused on. Is that true for you? What if you fixed your eyes on what is unseen, the hope to which Jesus has called you, the fearfully and wonderfully made person you are, and on Jesus himself who is God’s great YES to us?

Great verse on that in Ephesians 1v18: