I Don’t Know My Calculus

A couple of weeks ago, one of my professors contacted me to tell me about a Scholarship that was offered at my school and that she thought I would be a great candidate. The scholarship was created specifically for future math or science teachers.

One of the stipulations of the Scholarship is that I have to receive a B or better in both Calculus I and Calculus II. I took Calculus I this summer and received an A. So I’m good there. But, I’m currently in Calculus II, which is much much much harder.

With that being said, in order to receive a B in the class, I need to get above a 80%. My grade in there right now at the mid-term….81.2%.

I still have 2 tests and the final left to bring up my grade, but normally classes only get tougher as you get towards the end.

When I first learned my grade I was really worried. Can I bring this grade up? Am I going to get a C in this class and not be eligible for the Scholarship?

But then I was reminded of a verse in the book of Philippians. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:4-7

Would I like to have a 95% and be sitting safe? Yes. But by having a 81.2%, will that make me cast my anxieties on the Lord and trust Him to help me get the grades that I need? Yes.

Since this reminder, I have truly felt the peace of God guarding my hearts and my mind to not go down that path of anxiety and fear.

And for me, there’s no place that I’d rather be.

Walk to Cure Diabetes


I’m writing to ask for your support in a very special cause.

This year, I’ll be taking part in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with a half-million others nationwide. Our goal: to raise $89 million to fund research for better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.

I’m asking you to help support my fundraising efforts with a donation. Your tax-deductible gift will help make a difference in the lives of people with type 1 diabetes.

It is faster and easier than ever to donate. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this message to donate online

Any amount, great or small, helps JDRF get closer to its goal of finding better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes. I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.


Matthew Manes

Please visit my Walk Web page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal:

About JDRF:

JDRF is the worldwide leader in funding research to find better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime. It sets the global agenda for type 1 diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for diabetes science worldwide. To date, JDRF has funded more than $1.5 billion in diabetes research, including nearly $107 million in fiscal year 2010.

Every Single Man’s Battle – Book Review

Every Single Man’s Battle.
Waterbrook Multnomah.
Buy on Amazon.

From Waterbrook Multnomah Description:
Powerful ammunition for your war against sexual temptation.

As a man, you’re bombarded by sexual images and battle inner urges. You want to do right—in fact, you want to meet God’s standard of avoiding any hint of sexual immorality. But accomplishing that goal is a challenge.

If you are a single man struggling to remain sexually pure, you are not alone—
there’s practical, hard-hitting help from the authors of the blockbuster Every Man Series. Every Single Man’s Battle guides you—or your men’s group—through an honest and clear exploration of God’s Word. You’ll undertake a personal journey into key scriptures, wrestle with questions for reflection and examination, and discover the practical tools and biblical strategies you need to live the pure life God calls you to—even while living in a sexually-soaked culture.

Now includes the workbook!

Before I get into my blog about this book, I just wanted to clear the air, as they say, and let you know that I am NOT single, but am extremely happily married. I was given this book by a publishing company called, Waterbrook Multnomah to review as part of their blogger review program.

And now we begin…

This series of books has been a great help to me in my life. While in college, a group of fellow men and I went through Every Man’s Battle, then we went through Every Young Man’s Battle and they both were great books that helped us to be honest with our struggles with sexual purity.

Although this book was mainly about sexual purity, I found there were some key elements that would help to deal with other sins as well.

  • 1. Accountability – Throughout all of the Every Man’s series, one of the biggest points they seem to hit on is accountability. I’ve had a couple of great accountability partners over the years who have been there for me whenever I needed them. I highly recommend that if you don’t have an accountability partner, that you seek one out.
  • 2. Victory with your eyes and mind – There are 2 chapters, one is entitled “Victory with your eyes” and the other “Victory with your mind.” I still remember this concept from reading the 1st book in the series. They state that if you don’t look at something that may make you fall into sin, and if you don’t let you mind take you somewhere that might make you fall into temptation, then you will have a much better chance of not falling into that sin. I remember them referencing a sumo wrestler who lives inside of you and how if you continue to feed the sumo wrestler with images and with thoughts about sexual impurity, that it will get to the point where you can no longer defeat the sumo wrestler, and he will end up winning. This is also true with any other sin as well. If you personally continue to tempt yourself with these sins, there will come a time when you can no longer win and you will be defeated.
  • 3. Scripture – There are tons of great Bible verses throughout this book. I really appreciated how the authors realized that without Scripture, your fight with sexual purity and any other sin is going to be a huge defeat. I would recommend taking some of the verses shared in this book and memorize them for the next time you feel tempted by sin.

This book has a great workbook that is about 3/4ths of the book. I would highly recommend going through this book with a group of men and not by yourself. There are tons of great points to talk about in a group. You will also need a copy of Every Man’s Battle, as it references it a lot.

I really liked this book. It brought back a lot of ideas and concepts that I learned back in college and reminded me how far I’ve come since then and how grateful I am to God for bringing me here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Waterbrook Multnomah sent me a free copy of this book as part of their bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”