First off, big congratulations to everyone on how they quizzed at General Assembly last week!
We ended up (in the A division) with Eastern (ENC) as the national champions, Northwest (NNU, woop-woop!) in second place, and Southern (SNU, ... not sure what I should say here :P) in third!
It's been a very good (but very long ;)) season, and I am kind of sad to see it come to a close. I'm gonna miss quizzing over Luke, but 1-2 Corinthians is going to be so awesome!
Also, one final thing, congratulations to all of our seniors who graduated this year - you should be so proud of all of your accomplishments!
So lets get into this today!
I know how exciting it is, with the season ending, to make all of our new goals for the next year! I've already got a few :P Set some crazy high goals for next year, push yourself and aim for the moon!
But taking a break is, unfortunately, important, in order to preserve motivation for next year.
Think of it this way; when stocking up wood to burn during the winter, you chop most of it before that season gets here, but you keep the pile stocked throughout winter until spring. That's what you need in order to keep your motivation burning! :P
But how do we go about chopping that wood during the summer?
Take the time you need before starting up the studying again, to do things that are unrelated, but that still motivate you to do well and give quizzing your best.
But, if your schedule during the school year is going to be too tight, then it may be logical to try and get a head start on your goals. Like always, just try and adjust for what you think is best, be nice to yourself, but don't be afraid to push yourself a little harder and strain for that next level of awesomeness!
One of the common quizzing pitfalls of new quizzers, you might say, is hitting it too hard when they should be taking it easy. Yes, working at it with all your heart is what we need to be doing during the season, but taking a good break is what often prevents the mid-season slump near Christmas time.
If it helps, plan out a loose first draft of what your ideal quiz schedule would be for next season.
I don't know if this works for anyone else, but whenever I have a little excess energy regarding a project, just planning out small steps to getting it done really calms me down and gets me ready to hit it hard (when the time comes).
That's all I have for you guys today!
I'll still be posting throughout the summer, but they probably won't be full of study and jump techniques until the season actually starts.
Man, we have a lot to look forward to! Again, congratulations to everyone on how the season ended, and I can't wait to see you all again soon! As always...
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Hello there, you wonderful people!
By the time you're reading this, I will have been on my way to Indianapolis for the World Bible Quiz 2017! Man, it's been one heck of a season, hasn't it? Some crazy stuff going on!
I'm gonna to speak specifically to all of the quizzers I'm gonna see at nationals this week, for a second...
It's been a long season, and we've successfully learned the biggest book in the quiz material rotation. We have all put in a lot of effort, and now we just need to push a little more. By Friday night, the Luke season will be officially complete, and the summer break will begin!
Here we go, the final push; lets hit this grind as hard as we can, and really make this week a phenomenal finale!
But anyway, lets get into what we're talking about today: Christ confidence, whether we win or lose!
The Bible is packed full of God telling us to have confidence, how to grow in it, and how to walk it out - and what happens when His people choose to do so.
But what is Biblical confidence?
I looked up several passages on this subject, and I'm obviously still searching it out, but I think I've come to a pretty steady conclusion.
Christ confidence isn't about us, it's about who God is. And as we learn about who He is, we learn a lot about ourselves because we are made in His image, and because through the wonderful promises He's given us, we see His character.
Having confidence, boldness, to do what God's called us to do and to obey Him, has to come from us not caring what other people think and only caring about our relationships with the Lord - that means that the relationship we have with Him is important in our lives.
Whatever takes root inside of us, will produce fruit on the outside.
If we're putting the truths of His Word into our hearts, growing in confidence (faith) through hearing it (Romans 10:17), then we're being transformed on the outside - becoming less timid, afraid and self-conscious, and more bold, happy, and compassionate to others.
If we want Christ confidence, then we have to plant the seeds in our hearts first, listen to and meditate on the truth, and the change will come, because who God says we are becomes more important to us than who others say we are, and even more important than who we say we are.
When we have this fruit of confidence, we can say that at the end of the day, no matter if we won or lost, it doesn't really matter - because our God is proud, pleased, and that it's not based on how good or bad we performed.
I probably don't even need to say this, because it's so obvious, but I'll say it anyway: I don't do this anywhere near perfectly!
I just know what the truth is, because I've been talking to God about it a little. I can say some pretty crazy stuff on this blog sometimes, and that makes me feel a little like the Apostle Paul when he says that he's bold over letters, but in person he's more timid.
I don't say much, or anything, about this kind of stuff around my friends or family (maybe because it never comes up :P), but that's because I'm still learning, and still growing in the same confidence that everyone else is.
This week I pray for confidence for all of you, my friends, and that we all grow closer to the Father and keep seeking Him out farther.
Sorry the post was a little shorter today, I just felt like that was all that needed to be said. :P
Anyway, have a fantastic week you guys! Love y'all!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Here we go, "High-Stress Competition" part two!
If you've read the first bit of this post (which you probably should ;P) you'll know that today we're going over the various bases of why we get stressed out about quizzing, and also, the freaking-awesome benefits of kicking it out of your life!
So lets get right into it!
Figuring out what the base of your performance-related stress is:
To make sure that anything (everything) we do in life is God-honoring, and is providing lasting rewards for ourselves, we have to be aware of what our motivations are.
Is the motivation selfish/self-centered, or is it God-centered? If it's focused on us, then that's a red flag, and we can pretty much expect it to become stressful at some point in the future.
Why? because if it's all about us, we'll only be looking into ourselves in order to complete it. And eventually, we're gonna run out of steam because we're human, and we can do nothing significant without God.
This is much like the previous point, but there are some important differences.
For example, motivation is why we each get up in the morning - whether that's to not be late for school/work, or to make the most of the day and get a lot of stuff done, or simply just to get that first cup of joe :P.
The end-goal is more vague, long-term and general, rather than specific reasoning between our desire to hit snooze and our need to get our feet to the floor.
Our end-goals must be, like our motivations, rooted in our Father because He's what gives us a future and a hope. Romans 8 says that to be worldly-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life and peace.
No matter what we achieve in life, it will be completely empty without God - you can die surrounded by billions of dollars and just be wishing to know what will happen to you, or longing to be loved, when all this time the Author of love was trying to get you to hear His love song.
End-goal is a lot like purpose, because it becomes the theme of your life - it's the thing you're striving for throughout your whole life. The only possible way for your life to be fulfilled, is to hand it over to the One who gave it to you in the first place.
And I know that's almost cheesy, but for real, once we give it over to God, everything in our lives comes under the lens of eternity (true importance); and when that happens, we find it hard to get stressed about things that are less-than-important.
This is something the world has gotten seriously backwards (like a lot of other things). They always talk about having good self-esteem, and making sure that we're building up others' self-esteem, and to not do things that tear peoples' self-esteem down, and blah blah blah.
Honestly, that's part of the reason that God gave us the Law back in the Old Testament. Paul explains throughout the whole (awesome) book of Romans that the Law was given to show people that they needed a Savior.
It showed you that no matter how hard you tried, you could never keep all of the rules - and just to make it better, if you broke one commandment, you were guilty of breaking all of the commandments!
It tore down peoples' beliefs in that they were God, that they were perfect, and that they weren't doing anything wrong.
Now, of course we don't have to worry about breaking any rules, because the Law was fulfilled by Christ; but we have to know that He is the only one who causes us to live and not die. And that is what makes us have Christ-esteem instead of self-esteem.
Looking to ourselves will create frustration, a sense of failure, and emptiness - but looking to our God creates real and lasting joy, peace, and fulfillment.
Now that we have all that under our belts, we can dive into the incredible benefits of overcoming stress with the help of our Daddy!
Having a healthy mind (and therefore healthy emotions and body) through our wonderful Lord Jesus sparks a light of inspiration for anything that God has put in your heart! That's pretty cool, huh?
How many of you know that there are a lot of people in this world who are neither truly dead nor alive? (And no, I'm not referring to zombies :P). We come alive through Christ, because He is the only one who gives our lives real purpose (just like we talked about with being mindful of what our end-goals are, earlier).
In addition, He becomes our motivation too! The Lord will show you the direction you should go with your life, but even when we're in high school and maybe not working specifically on or towards our careers, everyday is a good day with Jesus!
People become really worn out by life, and for good reason - the world is a scary place without Jesus, because we were never meant to live in it without Him.
Like I've mentioned before, partly because I'm reminding myself, but everything else you need in life comes as easily and as effortlessly as fruit going on a tree. We're the branches, He is the vine - plug into the source that gives you life-sustaining nourishment, and just watch yourself begin to produce fruit.
It's one of, if not the, most simple concept known to man, but it's also one of the hardest things to apply to your life.
So there you go! I hope that this blessed you today, and that you have a fantastic week with an awesome lack of stress (about quizzing nationals or otherwise)!
Love y'all, thanks for reading!
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
Today we're going to talk a little about captaining! In this post we'll be going over the basic essentials of being a captain for your team, and in the next post we'll be going through challenges, rebuttals, appeals, and some other fun stuff! :P
But first off, why do we need to know how to be good captains?
For one, we're setting an example for younger/newer quizzers, and like I mentioned in another post, we need to be aware of that because they're the future of TBQ. In other areas though, being a good captain can really help your team win tight and loose rounds, set the tone of a room, and be an encouraging voice to both their team and the opponent.
That being said, captaining is obviously something I'm still working on. It takes time to get the hang of captaining, and become the best that you can, because it's just another area of the sport.
For example, captains have to be listening well at all times during a quiz because of challenges, rebuttals, appeals, etc. so you can't really doze off - and that can be difficult :P
Okay, lets jump right in to these basic essentials of being a good captain!
Like I said, the captain usually has a strong influence on the tone of the round/room because they are the ones "leading" the team, and they are usually the ones speaking the most out of their team.
Just try and make sure that the attitude you're projecting is one that you'd be proud of; kind, generous, gracious, confident, etc..
2. The captain should have a good understanding of the material and it's meaning
If you know what's in the material, that's good, but you won't be able to challenge/rebut/appeal effectively if you don't know what it means.
In the same way, if you know what the material means but you don't know the actual phrasing then you will have a lot more challenges/rebuttals than necessary because your answers will probably be pretty sloppy.
It's just a good idea to try and have both of these boxes checked before a tournament.
3. The captain should present themselves with an encouraging and positive attitude
Not all the time, of course, but occasionally you'll come across a situation that's just kind of negative, and there's nothing that you can really do about it.
In a situation like this, try to remember that you can make the best of it by just being positive - not only in your own thoughts, but in your words and attitude as well - because blowing it off and getting on with the day is the healthiest thing to do for you and your team.
4. The captain should be generous, and watchful for small sacrifices they can make for others
Just like in other areas of life, quizzing presents us with opportunities to deny ourselves so that others can benefit.
It's usually not for the other team (unless your team is like 150-200 points ahead), but either for your teammates or other individuals when individual points are important (i.e. a quiz off, a round robin, etc.), or if someone is just having a rough time and getting a correct ruling is really what they need to raise their moral.
Sometimes this can be as simple as just sitting on a question (or a few) if you have all the points you need, and some other quizzer(s) would really benefit from getting one. Several times I've just sat, if I know that I'm okay and I realize that someone else is in a tight spot - and you know what? It comes back to you in good ways.
5. The captain should have good arguing skills, and display maturity
If you want to be a captain, a good one, then arguing skills are vital. Again, this is usually just something that you have to grow in, through experience. I know that I've been trying to get better at this for a few years, but still I'm finding ways that I could be challenging/rebutting/appealing better, and it's a fun process!
Maturity. If you don't display this, your challenges/rebuttals/appeals can easily frustrate both the other team and the quiz master/content judge.
I wrote a short post on "Quizzing Etiquette" a while ago, but one of the most important things I mentioned, was to give your answers/arguments in a very confident, but calm and articulate manner. Speak clearly with good enunciation (admittedly, I sometimes have a problem with this because I'm soft-spoken ;P) and try not to give any more information than necessary - it makes for a sloppy answer, difficult ruling, and easy challenge.
So there you go! Like I said, in the next post we'll be diving more in depth into how to do challenges, rebuttals, appeals, etc. in the best and most full-proof way possible - it'll be a fun time!
See y'all then! And as always, until next time...
Keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
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