DayBreaks for 11/16/18: Stay in School
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2008:
In New York’s East Harlem is a dilapidated old school for inner-city kids. The buildings are in horrible shape – it looks like it could fall down at any time, and for the most part, the morale had fallen to even lower levels of repair than the buildings. This is one of those schools that statistics paints with a dark and dismal picture for the students who attend there. Within 3 years, most of the 6th graders there would have dropped out of school and become gang-bangers, or would be actively engaged in selling drugs or selling their bodies as prostitutes. A great many would wind up in prison. If history were to hold true to the pattern, most of these kids didn’t stand a chance.
But one day, a millionaire by the name of Eugene Lang was asked to speak at the school. He accepted the invitation, and as he stood before the audience of 6th graders, he knew the grim tale of the statistics. He’d begun his talk, but suddenly stopped. He put down his notes on the podium and looked out at his audience, his heart filled with compassion.
With his voice and heart breaking, he said, “Stay in school. Stay in school, and I will pay the college tuition for every one of you.”
The result: over 90% of the 6th graders present that day wound up graduating from high school and went on to college. One young boy who was present that day described that transformational power this way: “I had something to look forward to, something waiting for me. It was a golden feeling.”
Would it have been easier for the kids to drop out? Sure. But would it have been better? Of course not. Peter, Paul, Jesus, the Holy Spirit – all encourage us to stay in Christ’s school throughout our life. There is something waiting for us far better than a college education or a career in law or medicine or business. There is LIFE that awaits us – a glorious life far beyond anything we can conceive of. We just need to stay in school. Jesus has paid our tuition to heaven. The debt has already been covered. Will we accept it?
Prayer: Father, for Jesus and His payment on our behalf, we praise You. For hope that keeps us afloat, we thank You. For the promise of a better life, we exalt You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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