I remember 5th grade pretty well. I had just changed schools and fifth grade is where I first found out what coming to school withoout doing your homework feels like.
I had been a perfect student up through 4th grade. After all, it’s not that tough for the most part: do your homework, learn to read, learn your multiplication tables, study your flash cards… and behave yourself in school… it’s just not that demanding.
But along comes 5th grade in a new school. I want to make new friends so I become one of the “class clowns”. I make friends allright – just not the right friends. And my schoolwork starts to drop off, too.
There was one morning I remember in particular: I was riding in my normal carpool, catching a ride to school with my two older brothers and their friends. There were six of us in the car. My brothers and their friends were joking and laughing and I was in a different world.
As we rode onto the school grounds, it hit me like a ton of bricks: I didn’t do my homework, a term paper due that morning. I just didn’t do it. And I felt sick. Literally. Sick to my stomach. It was the first time I hadn’t done my homework.
As that school year went by, I didn’t do my homework many more times. And that sick feeling went away. I got used to not doing my homework. It didn’t bother me that much anymore. It took me 5 years to snap out of that funk and become the student I was capable of. I did just enough to get by and it cost me.
When we knowingly disobey God or rebel against Him, that sick feeling hits us, but this time it’s the conviction of the Holy Spirit. We can make things right with God, or we can let it go, ignoring the Holy Spirit’s work. As time goes by (and our heart gets harder), that sick feeling or conviction grows weaker and weaker… until we have run so far away from God that we don’t hear His voice anymore.
So, as Hebrews 3:15 says:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts”
For those who missed last Monday night, I have ordered more books. We are reading one “reading” per day (five per week). You can read along HERE . The entire first week’s reading is there. The idea is to do one reading per day/5 per week. Stop at p.50.
If you didn’t get YOUR homework done for the week, don’t worry. This isn’t grade school.
See you tonight.