I’ve written before about the value of an education, but some lessons are so important that they bear repeating.   Education and knowledge were always highly valued in our house when I was growing up, as exemplified in my father’s impressive collection of books and his very respectable education level (a master’s) .  Subsequently, I just assumed that, at some point, I would attend college, walking in my father’s footsteps, which turned out to be true.  There was a time, however, when my college attendance did not seem likely.  I made a good-faith effort to gain entry to the storied United States Military Academy, better known by the historical location and name “West Point.”   My cousin, Marc Chambers, gave me assistance with the required photo for the admissions packet.  I had to tie back or slick back (can’t remember which) my long “hippy” hair (as my cousin Hope calls it).

That was one of my first lessons in setting goals, making plans, and attempting to conquer life’s large obstacles (eating the metaphorical elephant one bite at a time), although God had probably trained me in successively greater steps how to do these things through the various jobs I held.  Had I known what I know now, I probably could have won that battle for entry to West Point, but things did not turn out the way I had envisioned. They turned out much better over time.  I didn’t know it at those moments, but God had a plan for me (Jeremiah 29:11), and He was implementing that plan, even if I did not know He was at work and even if I did not “seek His face” (1 Chronicles 16:11) on a regular basis.   In time, I would find out about those plans and would benefit immensely from His better, wiser ways than the ones I would have chosen.

There were a number of obstacles in my path to West Point (and other prestigious institutions to which I had applied).  My grades were not that great, pulled down by personal problems that consumed my emotional energy.  This, it turns out, was the sticking point of my entry to West Point.  I did not know at the time about the United States Military Academy Preparatory Shool (USMAPS).  Perhaps if I had known, I might have gained entry to West Point through that avenue, but it was not in God’s plan, so this door closed.  But God lovingly and generously gave me victory in that area years later as I would eventually become a professor of English for a total of five years (in two tours) at this amazing, historical school.  I would first have to enlist in the Army as a private and work my way up through the ranks to sergeant.  Then, after completing a successful and respectable military enlistment of three years, I would leave the Army for a period and gain entry into the academic realm down a path which only God could have figured out.

More on this tomorrow.

I pray that His love and peace will fill you and that His truth will light your path.


 


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10/09/2014 5:21am

Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Its good to know you become professor and sharing your knowledge with others

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12/19/2014 3:38am

As a professor and a father of two sons, I let them have whatever they want, but they need to follow my rules in the house which include reading books. I love them to explore the pleasure of reading books. Educating yourself is not only in the classroom but also at home. This is how to value the education.

Robert E. McMullen
School Press. Editor
Site: http://www.goproofreading.com/

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06/24/2015 2:11am

You are right!! Education and knowledge were always highly valued in our life...Thanks for post....

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05/24/2016 11:56pm

Worse, these non-verbal cues are often misinterpreted and blown completely out of proportion, which explodes the specific problem you were attempting to hide.

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08/15/2016 7:15am

The reality is that with the education that we are getting in these days in this way we are creating the both sides of the world. Those are about the positive and negative sides both. With the small changes in the system we can get that all as positive.

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02/05/2017 8:22am

Knowledge is priceless. Set up your plans today and make them come true.

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The goal and scope of an education is not only to be get a job. There are other defined goals. The main goal is to produce a brighter generation which is very useful to society. But now we losses that values, because education becomes a business.

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03/08/2017 7:07am

In this contrast I am thinking about the increasing the number of old age homes in our country. Where has gone our value? We will first respect our parents. That is the real value of education. Earning jobs and others are just secondary.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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