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Topic: Elementary School (07/19/04)

TITLE: I'm in the Faith grade vice the 1st grade....
By Lisa Walker Thomas


What is Elementary School? I encourage you to relinquish any thoughts you may have of buildings, and laughter, children and teachers and look deeper. The ideal definition of Elementary School begins with grades K thru 6. Itís a place where we learn our ABCís and 123ís. It sets up the foundation for tickling the surface of our minds and birthing analysis, questions, thoughts, ideas, and curiosity.

As members of the Body of Christ, school is currently in session, and, faith will determine your grade level. The level of our faith begs our curiosity, it establishes our questions, and enhances our thoughts. Our level of faith is further defined by our level of obedience to the word of God. Itís amazing how we as humans create levels of sins, for God certainly did not.

We allow a sin we have defined as minor to become acceptable, where as a major sin, take murder for instance, is completely unacceptable. But a lie is okay.

It is up to each one of us to determine our grade level. But I caution that throughout this life there will be a test. This test will determine how well you did in the following areas:

1. Faith
2. Trust
3. Belief
4. Charity (Love)

Perhaps youíre wondering what will God use to measure how well we do. Well, only God can answer that. However, I suspect he will take certain things into consideration. Things like your faith, your trust, your obedience and your charity to others. How did you determine who to marry, was it your faith in God, or was it a decision you made on your own? How long did you trust God for your child either to conceive or protect? How often did you share your belief in the word of God with people in your life? Are you able to count how many kindnesses youíve paid your fellow brothers and sisters (if you are, itís not enough).

As believers in the body of Christ, school is consistently in session, perhaps grades K thru 6 is similar to learning our abcís, perhaps as we travel from grade to grade, the lessons get harder, but the methods remain the same. In our walk with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the lessons get harder, but the methods of Faith, Trust, Belief, and Charity remain the same from now until graduation.

I don't know about you, but when I walk across the stage for my last graduation, (my graduation with Jesus), I want to hear him say, "Well done, they good, and FAITHFUL servant." For some of us, we need tutoring, so God has provided us with the Holy Spirit, some of us need chaperons, so God has provided Angels, and if truth be told, some of us don't get the lesson on the first try, so we may have to repeat a grade.

To God be the Glory.

Member Comments
Member Date
Angela Moore07/26/04
HOw true! Thank you for your viewpoint.
Deborah Anderson07/26/04
Good parallel you made here between the two viewpoints. God bless you.
L.M. Lee07/26/04
great piece! God's school is one we never get "social" promotions either...we just keep repeating until we pass!

Marcell Billinghurst07/27/04
Very true. We should look to God for how well we do not for the praises of men. As Christians we never stop learning. There is always something new, which God wants to each us. Well Done.
Jean Boulmay07/27/04
Wonderful! Thought provoking.
Karen Treharne07/28/04
Well done, Lisa. Good follow through with your analogies and description of how we remain in elementary school, really our entire life. Still learning and growing in God's word and love. And, yes, to God be the glory.
Phyllis Inniss 07/29/04
Very serious message here. Glad I read it.