It’s Back-to-School time again, and we all know what this means... Lockers filled with backpacks, school supplies, and lunchboxes, along with schedules of Math, English and History classes.

    A few days ago, I asked an elementary school child what they liked most about school. Of course, they gave me the universal answer... “I like lunch and recess!”

    Many years have passed since I was an elementary school student, but I still remember the aroma of green beans and homemade rolls wafting through the halls; the scent of which was always better than the actual taste. I was particularly troubled by the mystery meat on the plate, so I brought my lunch to school quite often.

    Recess, as I recall was a great time to run off pent-up energy. We played games like kickball, red-rover, four-square, and tag. However, for me, the monkey-bars were the place to be. I was small in stature, so gymnastic tricks on the monkey-bars were easy. I liked to hang upside down, partly because of the unique view, but we also held tournaments to find out who could hang upside down the longest. My monkey-bar fun always ended the same way... I had to upright myself when the dizziness from blood rushing to my head was more than I could handle.

    Wait for it...

    Since I am always on the lookout for spiritual lessons in life experiences, I submit to you Titus 2:11-14...

    For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,  waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

    God’s grace and His gift of salvation train us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives... right now. Hmmm... this must mean that living in ungodliness and worldly passions are “upside down.” Living in the upside-down world of sin creates a skewed view of God and keeps us from seeing clearly. The benefits of living a godly, upright life far outweigh the fun of upside-down. Plus, now that I remember the whole experience... it always hurts to fall on your head.

    One more passage... Psalm 25:8

    Good and upright is the Lord; therefore, he instructs sinners in the way.

    I have an idea... Let’s play follow-the-Leader!

    Remember this... you are loved, and you are always in my prayers.

    In Christ, Cheryl




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