The Open Book Pledge

Open Book

I can remember how excited I used to be about going to class back during my school days. While I thoroughly enjoyed those years, I never quite developed a fondness for taking exams. Perhaps it was the pressure of the timed format or questions in a confined setting. But whatever the reason, this type of atmosphere often impacted my scores negatively. On the contrary, my confidence would always increase whenever one of my teachers administered the kind of tests that I enjoyed the most, the “Open Book” test.  I mean, what’s not to like about it?

Obviously, having the freedom to search through my textbook to locate the correct answers took away all the guess work. And the other positive was the fact that it indicated to me that my instructor wanted me to get all of the answers right. It was a comforting thought that greatly improved my personal student-teacher relationship. This made the tests so much easier that it almost felt like I was cheating.

Our walk with God is an open book test.

This seemingly arbitrary thought about school was on my mind one night as I wrestled for sleep, having difficulty adjusting to being away from my family. Then all of a sudden it hit me! Our walk with God is an open book test. Think about it. Every answer to every question that we may encounter in our lives is literally found in the Word of God. Yet we still sometimes have a tendency to rely on our own limited understanding when facing real life challenges It’s a habit that not only hinders our progress, but also derails us from the course that God desires for us to take. But, this doesn’t have to be an issue you wrestle with any longer. Let’s make a pledge together to get ourselves more acquainted with the Word of God on a daily basis. We can call it “The Open Book Pledge.” God has already promised that once we do, it will become a lamp to our feet and a light unto our path.

In school, we tend to get the lesson first and then the test, whereas in life, it’s the other way around. However, we can feel comforted by the fact that we can keep the book open for as long as we please in order to be sure we always have the correct answer. And once this test is over, the only one who gets cheated is the devil. We each have the opportunity to pass our Open Book tests: don’t blow it!

Michael Winans Jr is a 3rd generation member of the world renowned Winans family. Mike began his music career at the age of 16 singing alongside his cousins in the Gospel group, Winans Phase II. Soon after, Mike initiated a career in songwriting/production and formed his own company, Baby Mike Music. In 2006, he signed a co publishing deal with EMI Music and began working with many renowned artists. His music career spawned him millions of album sales and a Grammy nomination. But in 2013, Mike’s life took an unexpected turn when he was sentenced to nearly 14 years in Federal Prison. However, Mike has taken a position of strength by redirecting his attention to his foundation, Christ. Mike is now a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching nightly bible studies and ushering fellow inmates into the revelation of Christ.