Claremore Daily Progress


August 25, 2007

Learning to trust and obey

All across America students and teachers are beginning a new school year. There are first time students and returning students.

I have been a student for as long as I can remember. I ran away from home and started school at an early age. My mother found me under the teacher’s desk, and the teacher persuaded her to let me stay. At that moment I became a perpetual student.

As a student at whatever age I knew if I got into trouble at school, I was in double trouble at home. I was held responsible for my learning. When I brought home work, home, I sat at the kitchen table before and after chores and supper, and completed the assignment(s). The kerosene lamp was dim, but the warmth of love and family made the light more than sufficient. And ... when I graduated from high school I was ready for the world of work. If one could type, (without errors), spell and write, there was a job to be had.

Technology has changed our way of learning; and, it is here to stay. I do declare, I am wondering in a new wilderness everyday. I wonder does reading, writing and arithmetic matter when it comes to mastering technology?

Opportunities to learn are all around, if we want to tackle this bit of wilderness called technology. The ease and simplicity of shopping, paying bills, and the ability to access any information we want to know is good incentive to enroll in a class ... if we have a yearn to learn.

From day one we have experienced challenges and changes! What joy to embrace the greatest challenge of all — simply to Trust and Obey! “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, and to take Him at His Word ... to rest upon His promise, Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er.”

This One called Jesus never changes! What blessed assurance to know “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb 13:8a). “For I am the Lord, I do not change... .”(Malachi 3:6a) “... and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt 28:20b NKJV).

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