Back to School
School starts tomorrow for so many. School finally finishes for me this Saturday. I will walk across a stage that I first saw two years ago in Marion, IN. They will give me my fourth academic piece of paper since I walked across a stage in Johnson County, IN ten years ago. The first three papers I received are somewhere in a box in the basement. Because this one means a little bit more and is a rarer piece of paper, it may make its way onto a wall somewhere for the viewing pleasure of my guests and myself. But for how long? Maybe for four years until I get my next piece of paper, which will probably be my last. Then, how long will that piece of paper be visible to guests?
The first few verses of Deuteronomy 6 tell us about a more important education: the foundation for following God as Lord. Deut 6:8-9 tell us to take the laws of the Lord and make them visible to everyone. When we learn these laws, we should not let them sit in a box somewhere downstairs thinking, “I went to Sunday School when I was a kid”. Instead, we should pass them on to our relatives and let others know. However, we should not do it in a way that is condescending, but in a way that is encouraging.
Do you need to go back to the school of the foundation of your faith? Do you need to display the graduation certificates that indicate your spiritual journey?