As the Fall season gets underway, many of us have already begun our semester of classes. Some of us have anxiously waited for school to start (like me), while others dreaded the first day as it inched closer and closer. Regardless of how we felt, we knew how important education was to our future success.
When we ascend the educational ladder, we begin to realize the level of difficulty also increases. The coursework becomes more challenging and the educators become more demanding. Many of us begin to crumble under the pressure and ultimately drop out altogether while others stay the course until graduation day.
Getting an education is not easy or cheap. It takes a lot of self-motivation, patience, endurance, and let’s not forget my college and post-graduate students with their unforgiving loans. As the international community navigates tough economic times, one thing was placed at the forefront of everything else–education. When job opportunities became scarce in corporate America, President Barack Obama encouraged his fellow Americans to return to school and attain a higher degree. If you have your high school degree, go to college. If you graduated from college (like me), go and get your Master’s degree. Either way, challenge yourself; learn new skills; and hopefully when you graduate, the job market outlook would be a lot more positive than it is today. Many Americans agreed and college enrollment saw a sudden jump in applications.
If you look in the New Testament of the bible, specifically in the four gospels (Matthew-John), you will read personal accounts of Jesus’ ministry through the eyes of His disciples. Whenever Jesus is mentioned, you will note that He is always interacting with someone. He’s offering words of hope or comfort. He is calling for their repentance, so that they might be saved.
Jesus was the greatest educator of all. He valued education. He always impressed upon His people to read God’s word and keep His commandments. We ought to know His word in our minds and our hearts. For there will come a time when we will be without this vital tool as we walk this narrow path. No one ever said being a Christian was going to be a piece of cake, but our faith and trust in Him will be rewarded.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. [Matthew 4:23 KJV]
For those of you currently enrolled in school, whether it be primary, secondary, or higher learning, I wish you all the best in your studies.
Kristia M. Beaubrun