Who Is Writing On Your Wall?
by Michael K. Preston | September 2, 2010
School is back in session. Students and teachers are back in their learning and teaching modes. The summer break gave us some time to unwind and visit loved ones, finish projects or just have some good old fun. It was a time to recharge our mental batteries. Now we are ready to function at our best and achieve greater success.
As a middle school teacher in an alternative educational environment, I see countless students who have made mistakes in their personal and academic lives. The really sad part of all this is even after positive correction, some students will continue down the path to academic, mental, physical and financial destruction.
During one "teachable Moment" I asked my students how they came to be at my school. Many of them said it was the teacher's fault. Others said it was the administration's fault or that the school staff did not like them for some reason. Very rarely did a student own up to the part they played in their departure from their home school. I then went on to ask them how much time they spent on the various social media sites like Face book, My Space, Twitter and other electronic means of communication. On average, each student admitted spending at least 5 hours per day engaged in these activities. So, I went on to explain to them that at that rate of time, they would spend about 35 hours per week, 140 hours per month and 1680 hours per year in wasted time. My students also said that they spend many hours looking to see who wrote on their "Wall" and then responding to those wall-posts. Taking advantage of their answers, I asked them who positively influences them after school. Most said the T.V. and friends.
After hearing their answers, I asked them "If your life was a blank page, who would you allow to write on the walls of your life?" I explained to them that who they hang out with, who they listen to and what they see will greatly influence how their lives will turn out. After engaging them in back and forth conversation, they started to realize that maybe what they thought was the right way to live may be in reality a trap to keep them blind to the truth. Some students realized what was happening to them immediately. Some students were warming up to the idea that maybe they were standing in their own way to success. Still, others wanted to blame (dare I say it?) THE WHITE MAN! That topic is for another blog. Wait till you hear what I have to say about that issue. The title of that blog is "The White Man Didn't Do It!" Stay tuned for that one.
The Word of God says in the first part of Hosea 4:6 - My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge... This is simply saying that people are destroyed because they lack education, lack wisdom, lack information and lack motivation to get those very things that they worry about not having. In fact, they lack the true knowledge of the Word of God. In 2 Timothy 2:15, the Word of God tells how we should regard learning and to use what we have learned to know the truth and teach the truth. If you want to be a Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, Actor, Musician or even President of the United States of America, you have to study so that when the time of testing comes you can stand with confidence.
Finally, the only one who should be writing on the wall of your heart is Jesus. He is the author and finisher of your faith. His words should be the words that you run to during those 5 hrs per night instead of all of the social media sites and electronic entertainment devices. There is nothing wrong with using those sites to help better your situation. However, those sites should not be your God. Success is not found in empty entertainment. Instead of watching someone else become a star on a Reality T.V. Show, you become your own star in your reality. How do you do it? How do you become a success? Look to the Word of God!
In Joshua 1:8 it says - This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. (Amp)
Continue to put God first in all you do. Remember what the Word of God says in Matthew 6:33 - But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV)