It’s May. All kids in school are on the official countdown of days remaining. They’re growing restless and weary. They’re tired of school and their teachers. And truth be told their teachers are tired of school and their students. Some students haven’t lasted. They’ve already dropped out. But the break is coming…until Fall when it all starts up again.
I can relate. I was a student from the time I was about 3 or 4 all the way until I graduated high school when I was 17. Honestly, I was a good student, but a less than angelic kid. I made good grades, but did my fair share of trouble-making. As a matter of fact, I can tell you the size, shape, and color of every principal’s office from my elementary, middle, and high school due to my frequent visits. The pranks were fun…the punishment was not.
I continued my formal training through 4 years of college (including summer school). I was once again a student as I worked on my Master’s Degree and pursued various other continuing education opportunities in my early 20s. I’ve even been a student in my late 30s and early 40s when I received training to be a leader, author, and speaker.
I’ve sat in a lot of classrooms. I’ve been taught by many. I’ve even taken a lot of courses from the School of Hard Knocks.
Is this what life is about? Are we forever students? Do we ever leave the classroom?
Sometimes it feels like we’re being put to the test in one hard life lesson after another, doesn’t it? Like God, who is the principal of God School, is a big disciplinarian giving us a beat down every time we do something less than angelic.
But is this really what God does? Is this really the way He is? Is life any different than one grueling punishment from the principal after another?
Check out what the writer of Hebrews has to say regarding God’s discipline: “God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training…God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best” (Hebrews 12:7, 10, MSG).
I don’t think we ever truly leave the classroom. We’re always learning, always growing. And part of that growth factor does indeed include God’s training, His discipline. The thing we must remember is we are His dear children. Any good, loving parent will discipline his child and train him up. Would we expect anything less from God?
Don’t shrug off God’s discipline. Don’t be crushed by it either. God loves you. God embraces you. God is training you. God is doing what is best for you. And in the end…it is the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.
Hang in there, friend. Don’t be a God School drop out!