SCHOOL HAS STARTED! Summer has flown by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday school let out for the summer. We pray for our children to have a very good and safe school year. We hope they succeed beyond their wildest dreams. At the same time, education in secular matters should not be the only priority. We must recognize the importance of spiritual education as well. “Seek first the kingdom of God….” (Matthew 6:33). Secular education should be tempered by spirituality. Paul said, “I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil” (Romans 16:19). Parents your expectations of your child doing well in school are good, but your expectations of their spiritual growth should be more important. To be successful in this present world you need a good education, to live with God in the next life you need a spiritual education. Which is more important? Both can have their place in life, but only one is most important.
The world is filled with people who had a great education, were successful in life, but died dissatisfied with their accomplishments. This is because the world can never truly satisfy (Proverbs 27:20). We work to gain thinking that the next great thing, accomplishment, or deal will fulfill us. When it finally comes, it lacks the luster that we thought it had, and we move on to the next “next great thing,” and the cycle repeats itself. One day, if we’re lucky, we will wake up and decide that we must do something better with our life. The unlucky never arrive at that day. Proverbs 14:14 states, “The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.”
As we begin a new school year let’s not get so wrapped up in our secular education that we forget that the world and everything in it belong to God (Psalm 24:1). Let’s prioritize the spiritual. Let’s remember that all the good things that we have come from God, and let’s seek to use those things to the glory of God, including our education. Math, English, and History are all important things to learn, But the Gospel, Salvation, and Eternity are more important to know. God Bless our parents, our children, our teachers, and all our school personnel as we begin a new year! -ToddDownload PDF