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The smell of fall is in the air and as I notice yellow school buses zooming past our home my heart yearns to be back in the classroom. I loved school. Each autumn my mother took my three brothers and me clothes shopping. How she found enough money in our shoestring budget to get blue jeans, new shirts, and a new pair of tennis shoes for each of us, I’ll never know. I also loved getting new pencils, notebook paper and a new box of crayons. I can still smell them!

Did you know the Bible invites us to go to school? Learning is not a temporary clip of time when we are young. Gaining knowledge is a lifelong pursuit. 2 Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Peter’s invitation was not directed at children, teens, or college students. We are all encouraged to stretch our minds and grasp new concepts about Jesus.

When I think about growing “in grace”, I think of grace as a safe learning environment. Besides great teachers, my best educational experiences were all marked by one thing: teachers who believed in me. That is what I call growing “in grace.” Their encouragement, patience, and vision of what I could become inspired me to do my best. I was motivated by grace.

Master Teacher

That’s how God would have us learn. The Lord loves us and believes in us. Jesus, the Master Teacher, labored long with His students because He saw in them the potential to change the world. And they did—because of the grace of God in their lives.

One day I showed up to one of my difficult college classes and discovered (because I missed a day) that an important paper was due. My grade hung in the balance as the teacher asked me about my work. I told him I had nothing to give him. He smiled, put his arm around my shoulder and said, “I will give you grace this one time. You have 24 hours to complete this paper.” His grace super-charged my motivation and the paper was completed by the next day.

Titus 3:14 says, “And let our people also learn…” Christ said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from me…” Solomon wrote, “A wise man will hear and increase learning…” (Proverbs 1:5). The Bible is full of calls to keep going to school. Do you sometimes wish you were back in school? You can. Go by a box of colored pencils, pull out your Bible and underline all the passages you can find on “learn” and “learning.” Remember, your Teacher will look over your shoulder as you study with a smile of grace.

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