June 26, 2010

School’s Not Out – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:00 am by kdkelly

Ah, summertime and the living is easy. School’s out and as the old saying goes, “No more pencils, no more books, and no more teacher’s dirty looks.” As children we looked forward to that time when we didn’t have to go to school. We could spend our time in play, watching TV, traveling with our parents to see America, and visiting relatives. Ah summertime!

But, as we grew older we realized that the time for learning never really stopped. It may not have been by way of formal education, but we learned to watch those who were wise among us. If we were wise, we would mimic them. This is especially true for Christians. Paul wrote to Timothy, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in manner of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” (1 Timothy 4:12-13) From this scripture we learn that one does not have to be “old” to be wise and to serve as an example to others.

A poem by Edward Guest has these words, “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way. The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear; and the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds, for to see good put in action is what everybody needs.”

This poem reflects the first part of Paul’s exhortation to Timothy – to be an example to others. The second part of the exhortation was to read, teach others and study the doctrine in which he had been instructed. Paul realized that watching others and being an example to others is not all there is to the Christian life. One must continue to study. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

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