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Monday, December 28, 2015

Misplaced Priorities

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When I decided to go back to school to receive my master's degree, I wasn't thinking about the college I went to. I didn't care, so long as it was accredited and got me a degree. My parent
s have never placed an emphasis on college and where I attend, and so I don't either. As Christians, it shouldn't matter where you get a degree from, in the sense of "prestige." Your importance is found in God, not in man-made institutions.

What I did not realize though was that it wasn't just the world who perceives choosing college to be extremely important, but it's also the Christians. While sitting among empty nesters one day, all I heard them talk about were how smart their kids were and which Ivy League school they were going to. One even mentioned that although their son had a full-ride scholarship to a certain university, he decided it was more important to attend an Ivy League school, and thus he was applying to those. I was shocked at the emphasis of "elite education" placed by these Christians upon their children. Why is this important to us as Christians? It's not important to God at all. God doesn't tell us we cannot enter into Heaven if we aren't accepted into an Ivy League school. He doesn't tell us that we aren't important unless we are extremely smart. Getting an education from Yale does not make you any better than the other Christian who lived his whole life without a degree and worked as a janitor. There are no spiritual gains to be had. And if God places no value of importance on the school you go to, why should we as Christians? That's the world's mentality- being important comes from education and where you get it from. They place self-worth on those things, but we know better.

It's more important to raise up children who love God and serve Him as Christians, rather than to raise a child who is so brilliant and yet so lost at the same time, never coming to a knowledge of Christ.

There's nothing wrong with going to an Ivy League school, but when that's what's emphasized and prioritized, then it is. When you go into debt to keep up outer appearances for something God places no value on, then it is. When you are stressing a child out or forcing them to conform to these extremely high standards so you can look good, then it is wrong.

It's so important to remember what God really values. Whether you got a degree or not, it doesn't matter. What does matter is that you live a godly life that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks about you. And once you graduate, nobody will even care where you went to school! Nobody really asks that question. I barely get asked that question. So remember where your priorities really are. Our value lies within God and not the things that are here on earth. God's opinion of us is much more important than man's opinion. If only parents would talk about how their children are doing spiritually and emphasize that! Imagine what type of a conversation that would be! The world would be baffled, and isn't that what we want- a reason to share the hope that lies within us!

1 comment:

  1. This is so true. I wish more parents were concerned about the spiritual condition of their children.
    Matt 16:26
    For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

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