Now I Begin,
Now I Begin,
Psalm 19: Have you ever seen Robert Fulghum’s quote, All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten? Teachers will sometimes have the poster up in their classrooms. The basic rules of kindergarten and how they apply to life is more than just amusing, it is insightful. In my kindergarten religious education class we discuss the differences between rules, laws, and God’s laws. Rules are guidelines for behavior. If a rule is broken, there are consequences but they do not usually involve jail. Laws are mandated and must be followed. Breaking them can lead to jail and having your most cherished right of freedom taken away from you. God’s laws are the most important of all. How well do you know them? How well do you understand them?
The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The decree of the Lord is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
Think of this life as kindergarten. The first book you learn to read is not Dick and Jane, but the Bible. Read it, study it, and strive to understand it in the hope that God will reveal its wisdom to you. Kindergarten homework often involves practicing reading for at least 15 minutes. Children will reread a book over and over again and then be tested on comprehension. Learning to read is more than just identifying words. It is understanding what all those words when strung together convey. In this life, we are all simple. We are all ignorant until our eyes are opened and our minds enlightened by God’s will. We are all in kindergarten. Are you doing your homework? Do you spend at least 15-20 minutes a day studying your first reader? How well do you comprehend? At our graduation there will be more than punch and cookies. There will be more than certificates of achievement. At our successful completion, we are rewarded with eternal life.