Thursday, October 24, 2013
I work in a public high school. It never ceases to amaze me that some of these young folks, who have been students for 12-14 years, come to school unprepared. And while it's a city school, and I know many have families who are on public assistance, THAT is not an excuse. My DD has been on assistance and she always made sure her kids had school supplies. And I know there are ministries out there that supply stocked-full bookbags. PLUS, they come to school with what seem like a different pair of shoes every day (as opposed to my one pair for special, one for every day, and one to get filthy) and their electronic devices - the latest phone with all the apps, and the headset. So why can't they invest at least in a pack of pens and pencils if not paper (since many teachers provide paper or worksheets)? Yet one does notice a distinct correlation between those who DO come so prepared and their grades.
And some will sleep during class...or skip...or tune out all but their music or texting...Then when a test comes along and they fail, they complain to the teacher that "you gave me a bad grade!"
I can't help but liken it to the family of God in Christ.
You have those who profess to be Christians, may have been so for many years, but can't put their hand on a Bible, or having one, don't know the difference between Old and New Testaments, let alone where any other books of the Bible are, without looking in the table of contents. Church attendance is spotty, usually on holidays.
Or those who attend regularly, but their minds are elsewhere - may be texting during the sermon, certainly not singing along with any of the praises.
And while they may put time in on Sunday, when Monday rolls around, you can't tell them from those who DON'T profess any faith.
Or they may even be able to quote scripture left and right, but they are hateful to anyone who is "other" than themselves.
Then when the trials of life come along, they cry, "Oh, God, why does everything happen to me?" Not surprisingly, because they have not paid attention to what the Master has been trying to teach them, through His word, through sermons, through music, through experiences - when the tests come they keep falling flat on their faces.
BUT SOMETIMES...They "grow up" a little - a few hard knocks, and they begin to take things seriously.
Sometimes it takes a "two-by-four" to get our attention.
Sometimes God had to send invaders into Israel. Sometimes He had to kick the children of Israel out of their land. Sometimes we have to go through a wilderness, hit rock bottom before we find that Jesus is indeed the Rock. Sometimes we have to watch a lot of houses collapse as their sandy foundation is washed away in the storm, before we realize we HAVE to build upon the Rock.
But Our Father is very patient, and is willing to let us stay in school...