In just a few weeks it will be that time again when parents get a little relief, kids get to share their summer adventures with classmates and of course, there are moans and groans about having to go back to that 'boring' school. In the younger ones, there is excitement, in the middle ones there is apprehension and in the high school students, well, let's just say it is a major chore to get them out of bed.
There are obvious reasons why education is needed, most importantly it is for the basics of life learning. We must learn how to spell, count to prepare for handling money, a checkbook, etc., understand how our freedom was won, what the world is made up of, and how we should speak and appreciate literature. Then there are sports and the life lessons learned there, as well as the ever important fund raisers where we all strive as a family to get our kids a gold star.
Truth is, we all need to go back to school from time to time, in a refresher course of how to handle life. Even the sports pro's go to camp in sometimes the hottest months of the year to cover the basics again and again and again. No matter whether you are a millionaire star or on a minimum contract, you still have to do the drills of blocking and tackling.
We forget that we are all a work in progress, none of us, at least all the ones I know, have it all together, nor do we always handle life well.
But, using the owners manual as a guide, we can figure out how to work it out. Yesterday, I felt the need to go back to school, so my day began with 3 separate devotional readings, a few Bible verses, several spiritual TV programs, including a sermon from one of my favorites, Jentzen Franklin from Gainesville, Ga.
He spoke on the need for Christians to be excellent at whatever we do, in our families, our work and our relationship with our fellow man.
There are many verses in our owners manual that speak of being called out and separate and doers of good, and quite frankly we all need to be reminded that our actions always speak louder than our words. We can excel at preaching to others what to do, but how much more will it sink in if we, by our actions, show others how it is done.
So I awoke this morning tired from the grind at work, but refreshed in my spirit that going back to school helped me to re-focus and re-light my flame to be the best Glenn I could be. If I can accomplish that one thing, then maybe others will ask the reason why I am that way.
Lord knows there are some failures in my past, but most happened because I forgot what I was taught and learned. One major difference as an adult, we do have to be excited about continuing about life, we do have to tell stories of how we got here, and we do have to get off our proverbial seats (that is as kind as I can say it), and show up so the Holy Spirit can point us in the right direction.
I don't know about you, but I don't want to show up in heaven and say "Lord I gave you my second best".
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.