It is sincerely hoped that no one will read the Title and assume it relates to school houses and school teachers. God’s people are students “til death do us part!” Our culture may segment a year to a “in school” or “out of school” concept, but when Christ gives His precious and exceeding great promises for us to take on the Divine Nature, He enrolled us for eternity (cf. II Peter 1:2-4). However, young and old being affected by our school-conscience culture, the time seems right to impress all with some sobering educational comments.
While each child of God is a student (Heb. 5:12-14), the educational climate in our country can easily breed indifferent, lazy, lackadaisical, and lousy student patterns. However, all who come into Christ, like new born babes are to long for the spiritual milk that he or she may grow thereby unto salvation (carefully read I Peter 1:22-2:2). A newborn baby echoes an attention-getting cry for milk about every four hours! Also, one is blessed if he or she delights in the law of the Lord, and in His law mediates day and night (Psalm 1:1-2). That study pattern is neither seasonal nor segmented! Also, we need to deepen our thinking as to what learning really involves. The Harvard Business Review gives us insight to varied levels of learning:
“To look is one thing.
To see what you look at is another.
To understand what you see is a third.
To learn from what you understand is still something else.
But to act on what you learn is all that really matters, isn’t it?”
Also, some might benefit from Lloyd Cory’s words:
“Education takes you from cocksure ignorance to thoughtful uncertainty”
(Quotable Quotations, p.112).
Also, remember the words of Derek Bok:
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
(Quotable Quotations), p.113).
For the rest of your “school years,” may you “give diligence” and “study” to show yourself approved unto God (II Tim. 2:15). When you enroll in God’s school, class time is constant and character building is always in the curriculum (II Peter 1:5-11).