Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NASB)
Atlanta kids start back to school this week. My “baby” is entering first grade. I worry because a friend told me Gwinnet students are only testing at 50%. I thought they were supposed to be some of the best schools around. When Kristina was in fourth grade, we moved to Roanoke County precisely because a teacher had told me that Bedford County students averaged a little less than 800 on their SAT’s. She thought that was great! Wade and I were both appalled because we’d both scored near 1300. I’ve been told the scoring system has been changed now though so it’s not as easy for parents to make a comparison.
On the other hand, I have a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing. My ex-husband has a BA in Architecture. I’m cleaning houses to make ends meet. He’s working on a loading dock at Lowe’s. My daughter dropped out of college after her first year. She owns her own insurance company. I told her the most I’d ever made in one day was $155, She said the most she’d made in one day was $10,000. Her brother has a GED. His payday for one recent Saturday at drag racing was $55,000. Education certainly does not guarantee financial success nowadays, and conversely, a lack of one doesn’t necessarily spell failure.
So why should we still tell our kids that an education is important; that they should work as hard as they can to become everything God intended them to be? For that reason alone! God intends us to become everything He wants us to be. A lack of education can limit choices. God has a plan for each of our lives, and we need to do our part to be ready to fulfill the plan. Even though Kristina dropped out of college, she did it to take a managerial position with a company, and was the youngest manager the company had ever hired. She made the decision that was right for her. God had blessed her with a great business mind, and she has used it well. She has taken several additional insurance courses to further her education in that regard. She is truly a workman who needs not be ashamed.
Kevin always hated school. He’d much rather be outside. I’m actually proud that he took the test to get his GED. He was always smart as a whip. He just couldn’t sit still. His kindergarten teacher said he was constantly racing his eraser around his desk. Not all education takes place in a classroom though. Kevin went to work for a roofing and siding company at eighteen. He learned to do it well. In his spare time, he began drag racing. In 2013, he became the IHRA World Footbrake Champion. Somehow, I think it made God smile. I’m told my son is a shining example of generosity and good sportsmanship on the drag strip. It makes a mama proud to see her children succeed in their chosen fields.
Our most important education is in the ways of God. We can never retire or stop learning His word. Being in church and Bible Study on Sunday mornings or whenever your group meets, reading our Bibles, prayer, and other study and fellowship opportunities are vital to our continued spiritual health. Neglecting any one of them is a prescription for allowing Satan to sneak in and crack the armor, and before we know it, he’s caused disaster.
Question of the Day: What was your favorite subject in school?