It was the stuff that drives teachers nuts. Mine too as an assistant junior high wrestling coach. I was going to Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, while living at home with my parents and younger siblings. I recently graduated from high school and finished competing in an outstanding wrestling program. I was volunteering for a couple of months to help one of my coaches and it was the Christmas season. There was plenty of activity for junior highers, including concerts, basketball games, and our fall wrestling invitational – a big test for aspiring grapplers from 7th to 12th grade.
Teachers and coaches handed out all the information students and their parents needed to know about rehearsals, practices, and tournaments. Standard procedure (and a lot of frustrated history) taught us to hand out info sheets more than once to try and ensure it got home to the parents. The sheets (with notes from teachers and coaches in BOLD) made it clear when things took place, and that the times were absolutely unbending.
So what happened on the eve of the first major wrestling weekend event of the fall?
One mother called in a panic about what time her teenager was supposed to be dropped off at the junior high school to catch the bus to the cross-town meet. How was she supposed to know this? Another called to say he and his wife were taking their kids to see grandma and they hoped it was okay to miss the tourney. I kindly explained over the phone from my parent’s kitchen (it was the mid-1970’s, so all we had was a landline), that if Tommy missed the tourney he would lose his starting spot on the travel squad. I remember the dad asking, “Why didn’t someone tell me? How was I to know?” Parents of wrestlers should have known since the message had been clearly given.
If this upset coaches and teachers, imagine how it must grieve God when we ignore His message to us in the Bible. He takes the time and effort to write His love letter to every human being. He illustrates His purposes in two books – nature and holy Scripture – to give everyone a chance to find and enjoy the fulfillment and flourishing He intend His children to experience. Even in the midst of human depravity and rebellion, He does not give up but sends His Son to die on a cross to woo and win each of us back to Himself.
What must He think when we live by our own rules, get ourselves in trouble because of our wrong choices, and then say, “How was I to know what God wanted?”
Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.
The Old and New Testaments are God’s note to us, explaining clearly who He is, establishing His character and credentials, and defining exactly what He expects of each of us. It teaches us how to treat one another, how to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a Christ-honoring life, how to behave in a godly way, and most of all, how to glorify God by putting our faith, hope, and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
How often do you ignore the clear teachings of Scripture? Is it because you know better or that you think it’s too much work to seek to find the answers, and then practice them?
Walk wisely. What results from ignoring Scripture? Don’t neglect what God expects.
Love is a verb,
©2015 by Mike Olejarz