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To Be Educated

If I learn my ABC's, can read 600 words per minute, and can write with perfect penmanship, but have not been shown how to communicate with the Designer of all language, I have not been educated.

If I can deliver an eloquent speech and persuade you with my stunning logic, but have not been instructed in God's wisdom, I have not been educated

If I have read Shakespeare and can discuss his writings with keen insight, but have not read the greatest of all books, the Bible, and have no knowledge of its personal importance, I have not been educated

If I have memorized additional facts, multiplication tables, and chemical formulas, but have never been disciplined to hide God's Word in my heart, I have not been educated

If I can classify animals by their family, genus and species, and can write a lengthy scientific paper that wins an award, but have not been introduced to the Maker's purpose for all creation, I have not been educated

If I can recite the Gettysburg Address and Preamble to the Constitution, but have not been informed of the hand of God in the history of our country, I have not been educated

If I can play six musical instruments and can write music that moves men to tears, but have not been taught to listen to the Director of the universe and worship Him, I have not been educated

If I can run cross-country races, star in basketball and do 100 push-ups without stopping, but have never been shown how to bend my spirit to do God's will, I have not been educated

If I can identify a Picasso and even paint a portrait that earns an A+, but haven't learned that all harmony and beauty comes from a relationship with God, I have not been educated

If I graduate with a perfect 4.0 and am accepted at the best university with a full scholarship, but have not been guided into a career of God's choosing for me, I have not been educated

If I become a good citizen, voting at each election and fighting for what is right, but have not been told of the sinfulness of man and his hopelessness without Christ, I have not been educated

However, if one day I see the world as God sees it, and come to know Him, and understand what He has done for me, and glorify God by fulfilling His purpose for me, then, I have been educated!


Submitted by Tim Woodward