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Our American cousins will be returning to school today Monday Aug 21.  Our kids will head back on Sept 5 just after labour day.  I remember going back to school.  By the end of August I was ready to head back to school as I was bored to tears by then.  I had swam every day at the local pool (I grew up in Windsor, Ontario where it was hot and humid, so the pool was essential) it cost all of 25 cents to go for the afternoon.

We swam laid in the sun to get warm and then swam some more.  We eventually were able to prove that we could swim well enough to use the diving boards, they had three different ones in the diving pool.  The low one the medium one and the high diving board.  The diving pool was 14 feet deep.  We would dive off the high board and see if we could touch bottom.  You had to pop your ears as you went down.  It was great fun but after awhile too much of a good thing can be boring.

There was grass to cut, weeds to dig out of the garden, my foster mom always said I pulled more flowers than weeds, not my greatest talent that is for sure.  At night if it cooled off we played basketball in the parking lot of a local business that has set up hoops in their parking lot for the kids.

It was nice to be free but I always looked forward to going back to school.  I like the new clothes we got for school.  I like the new note books that were clean and empty,  I like the idea of using a new pen and I really liked the challenge of learning.  I liked to read and once school was back I could go to the school library and get out book on the WWII.  I like reading about the Canadian flyers who were the greatest aces in the world.

I no longer have to go to school.  I will not be returning to class in September but I have developed a life long learning habit.  I still love to read and am grateful for my iPad and the local library that lets me download without having to go to the library.  I realized that school taught me how to learn and turned me into a life long learner.  I love to learn and grow and change.  As I get older I love it even more each day.

Learning is the major reason that I am a follower of Jesus today.  Only following Jesus challenges us to learn every day.  We can’t park our brains and let others make the decision for us.  That is not following Jesus that is following some teacher or preacher and Jesus never wanted that for any of us.  John 6:43-46 says:

Jesus said, “Don’t bicker among yourselves over me. You’re not in charge here. The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me—that’s the only way you’ll ever come. Only then do I do my work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End. This is what the prophets meant when they wrote, ‘And then they will all be personally taught by God.’ Anyone who has spent any time at all listening to the Father, really listening and therefore learning, comes to me to be taught personally—to see it with his own eyes, hear it with his own ears, from me, since I have it firsthand from the Father. No one has seen the Father except the One who has his Being alongside the Father—and you can see me.

This last few weeks of summer let them be weeks filled with discovery of learning and finding Jesus in unexpected places.  Letting the grace of God leak out of your life on to your families and friends and co workers and the people in the next camp suite.  Let your learning lead you to a deeper understanding of God’s love and his grace.

I never get bored learning at the feet of Jesus.  I learned that I don’t have to go back to school because I have never left school.  Jesus is my teacher.

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