‘To Be Educated’ by Carolyn Caines

To Be Educated

By Carolyn Caines

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

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

If I have read Shakespeare and John Locke and can discuss their writings with keen insight,
but have not read the greatest of books—the Bible—and have no knowledge of its personal importance,
                I have not been educated.

If I have memorized addition 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 explain the law of gravity and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity,
but have never been instructed in the unchangeable laws of the One who orders our universe,
                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 the Preamble to the Constitution,
but have not learned about the hand of God in the history of our country,
                 I have not been educated.

If I can play the piano, the violin, six other instruments, and can write music that moves listeners 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, describe the style of daVinci, and even paint a portrait that gains acclaim,
but have not learned that all harmony and beauty comes from a relationship with God,
                  I have not been educated.

If I graduate with perfect grades and am accepted at the finest 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 moral and right,
but have not been told of humanities sinfulness and 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, Whom to know is life eternal, and glorify God by fulfilling His purpose for me,
                then, I have been educated!


Reading this insightful poem by Carolyn Caines, prompts me to pose three questions …

  1. Have I been educated?
  2. Have my children been educated?
  3. Are my grandchildren being educated?

So often it seems we are more concerned with the ‘if’ statements than the ‘but’ statements above … oftentimes with temporal fulfillment superseding or taking precedence over eternal fulfillment (please note … oftentimes both the ifs and buts work together in a person’s life to the glory of God … what we are talking about here is not necessarily about choosing one way over the other … but which way should have preeminence).  I know I have been guilty of the above in my life as an individual and as a parent … fortunately with age and experience sometimes comes wisdom and I, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, am rectifying some of my mistakes of old as we raise our grandson.

Oh Lord, forgive me for my misdirected emphasis on education with my children and may they now as adults truly be educated IN You … and lead us on the narrow eternal path as we educate our grandson!



About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to ‘To Be Educated’ by Carolyn Caines

  1. Amen! And may neither you nor I ever slow or end our education in the unsearchable riches of Christ this side of Glory.

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