I am reading several books at the moment. One of them is by the actor, Michael J. Fox. It is called A Funny Thing Happend on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned. I am not very far in, but he starts out by tell us that he went back to school and got his GED. That threw me for a loop. I am not judging him, but it surprised me that he never finished high school until his four year-old son encouraged him. Good for him!
My father didn't finish high school. Six weeks before graduation, he quit and went in to the Navy. He realized not to far in to that career that the diploma is important and worth something. He got his GED from a high school in California. He understood that dropping out wasn't the smartest thing he had ever done. He really never told me about dropping out until later in my life, maybe for fear I would follow in his footsteps. I doubt that would have ever happened, but I do worry about stressing the importance of school to my son.
The other day, my aunt got a call saying that she and her husband were needed for an awards assembly for their grandson. It was spur of the moment. When they got there, my aunt saw a lot of older people with caps and gowns (her grandson is in elementary school). She started asking what was going on, and her daughter-in-law looked at her and said, that no, it was for her son. He was getting his GED and graduating that night! What a tremendous gift he gave to his parents, his wife and children that night. I am proud that he too, realized the importance of this and the present he gave himself too.
God has a lot to say on learning and wisdom.
A wise man will hear and increase in learning,And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
7Therefore do not be partakers with them;
8for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
9(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
10trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Congratulations to all the Graduates. We are so proud of all of you.