Kids in Singapore will be getting ready for the new school year in January 2011.
Those who were promoted would have no worries – they will with their parents’ assistance purchase their new school uniforms (for somehow it was as if they shot up during the December holidays and have outgrown their old uniforms), new shoes (for feet of children somehow grow faster during the long December holidays), where applicable, new bags, new books and arrangements for transportation to and from school. Those not so financially able will have to seek government subsidy, look for hand me down uniforms, shoes and books and hope that they will do just as well as the other more financially endowed kids in the new year.
Those who failed in 2010 may have to attend another school or be retained in their former class level and join those younger than them who will be promoted from the lower class level in 2011.
A new classroom, new class teacher and new specialized teachers for some selected subjects, and for those who are not so confident in the normal school program, they will seek out good tuition teachers to coach in subjects which they are weak in and which parents have to pay hefty tuition fees.
So after all the preparations, will the child pass the exams during the ensueing year? No guarantee, as studying in school requires a standard of consistent discipline unless the child is way ahead of his/her class in intelligence and learning. The child may be the brightest but without doing what he/she is required by the teachers, the child will not be fulfilling the requirements for promotion to the next class. Of course, there are those genetically genius ones who can sometimes tell their teachers the answers to exam preparatory questions set by the government ministry of education, which the teachers do not know .
The allegory for Christians is that we can get all the resources, like commentaries, books, tapes, cds etc we need for progress in our Christian life and experience – however, unless we exercise due diligence and put ourselves through the paces of a good student in reading and learning to understand the ways of God through the reading of the Word and the coaching of the Holy Spirit, and applying the principles to our daily lives, we will probably not make it victoriously through our Christian life in this world. We will not pass with flying colours of faith, the trials, temptations and troubles the enemy puts in our way to heaven. We may not have the peace that passeth understanding and the joy of the Lord which is our strength. We may be focussing on the difficulties rather than fixing our eyes of faith on the Lord, or be distracted from the paths of righteousness and miss the lessons from these difficulties which the Lord would have us learn.
So for the forthcoming new year, let us make a fresh start, be diligent in studying the Word, hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit and applying with all wisdom and discernment the truths of God in our lives and be over- comers in Christ Jesus, no matter what state we are led into. Let us glorify the Lord in well-doing and discipline and be a testimony of His faithfulness, grace and mercy in our lives. Praise the Lord.
1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
3 who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
4 You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.b
8 I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
all the rulesc of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
17 Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law