A lot of schools use color-coded disciplinary systems to reinforce proper student behavior. Here's how it works in one classroom:
Every student begins each day at green. Depending on his or her behavior throughout the day, each child can either work up to blue and ultimately purple, stay at green, or work down to yellow and ultimately red.
Green is okay, blue is great, and purple is fantastic, while yellow is a caution and red means you're in trouble.
You can work your way up or down and back through the colors as the day progresses. Purple by the end of the day earns a reward for only one or two truly deserving kids; red earns a visit to the principal's office and a note home.
On this scale, how would each of us rate our own conduct as disciples of Christ?
Purple is the color of royalty. It is bestowed upon only the most worthy, to the few who consistently display reverent attitude and behavior tht are conducive to learning, that clearly show respect for authority, who strive to go beyond just what's expected of them, and who set an example for and positively affect the lives of others. Nobody's perfect except Jesus. But His life and sacrifice are what every believer is supposed to imitate (e.g., 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Peter 2:21).
Blue is for people who go the extra mile, who strive to do more than the bare minimum requirements. These people are open to the calling of God in their lives, and desire to learn and to "grow in the grace and knowledge of Him." They may not be as consistent and successful at it as are those in purple, but they generally produce good results. Their lives generally reflect the light of Christ. Like purple, blue earns benefits and rewards such as growth, more responsibility, leadership, peace and joy in their life, and treasures in heaven (Psalm 19:11; Proverbs 24:20; Matthew 5:12; Luke 6:35; 23:41; 1 Corinthians 3:8; 1 Timothy 5:18; Hebrews 10:35; 11:26; Revelation 22:12).
Green is for those who are pretty much focused, not straying too much off course, not causing any major problems for themselves or others. Fine. But they show no interest beyond that. Sure, they're on their "P's and Q's" -- but that's it. Okay, so they don't make any bad waves. But they don't make enough good ones either. They'll do just enough to keep the peace in their own lives without actively seeking God's will on how to help others do the same. Green is fine, but we're supposed to make Jesus SHINE! (Colossians 1:10; Titus 2:14; Matthew 5:13-16; James 2:14-20)
Yellow means, CAUTION! You're losing focus and straying off course. You're one step away from outright rebellion. Get out of your flesh. Regain your spiritual focus and refresh your strength by getting back into God's Word, prayer, and fellowship with godly saints. Don't let the cares and temptations of this world get to you. Everybody slips up -- just don't get caught up!
Red means, STOP! and TURN AROUND! You are backsliding or in rebellion. You need to humble yourself, get sent back to the foot of the Cross, be reminded of the blood of Christ which He shed for your sins, and be "transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:1-2). You need to stop being angry with God, stop ignoring Him, stop trying to do things your way, and get back in His Word and back into full and fruitful communion with Him (Luke 15:11-32).
There's one more category. All color requires the reflection of light. Because Jesus is the Light of the world, then utter darkness describes the spiritual condition of anyone who utterly rebels against Him -- he's a stranger about whom Jesus will say, "I never knew you." Make sure you are indeed a member of the class and not a stranger. Make sure your name is written in the roster. Backsliding may dim the light of Christ even in the true believer's life, but at least the child in red is still known and called by name and still has a seat in the class.
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I believe that the two most important aspects of a child's education are: to first teach them to know and Love the Lord our God, so they know the joys of serving Him and the importance of making Him the Ruler of their lives and second to teach them how to Love their neighbor so they learn to get along with people and are good helpers to the Lord. This is why we home school. Your article gave me some wonderful ideas and might be helpful to other home schooling families. Just an idea for where you might want to make your article visible. May our Lord bless you and keep you always.