IMPACT OF EDUCATION IN MAKING A STAR
IMPACT OF EDUCATION IN MAKING A STAR
BY PASTOR SOLANKE O. TUNDE
TEXT: DANIEL 1:1-21
All glory and honour be to the Almighty God for the grace to be among the living and to be called “Shepherd of God’s people” in the Christian Forum. A child they have lost hope in that he will die at two years old, but God heal him miraculously. The boy is now a Pastor, a father and a leader in an enviable position. Halleluyah. To be educated is by grace and not to be literate is not a sin.
Education is very important as it controls the world today by some song writers. If you think Education is expensive try ignorance is another common slogan because Education will not expire no matter how much you expended on Education, you will recoup it back in no time.
Education is the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. “a course of education”. Other synonyms that defined “Education” are teaching, schooling, tutoring, coaching, training, drilling, bettering learning, and culture. “the education of children with special needs”. Also, instruction, pedagogy, andragogy, preparation, guidance, indoctrination, inculcation, enlightenment, edification, cultivation, development, improvement,
There are two types of Education; Formal and Informal Education. The Formal Education is going to School i.e. Primary school to University. This is a major requisite in the 22nd Century for fulfilling destiny.
Informal Education is classified into 3 main categories in this lecture viz: Biblical, Culture/Home Training and Mentoring. Having a formal education without passing through the three categories of Informal Education may mar your being a Star.
The wealth of knowledge acquired by an individual after studying particular subject matters or experiencing life lessons that provide an understanding of something. Education requires instruction of some sort from an individual or composed literature. The most common forms of education result from years of schooling that incorporates studies of a variety of subjects.
Proverbs 29:15: The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Proverbs 5:12-13: And you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.
Other synonyms that defined “Star” are Celebrity, Luminary, Idol, Icon, VIP, Famous person, Pin-up, Leading light and Hero.
1 Cor. 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
Rev. 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
The impact of the Education in making a Star cannot be over emphasized as Education is the Instruments in making a child a Star i.e. Fulfilling Destiny. To stand out amongst equals.
BIBILICAL EDUCATION – THE PARENTS
What do you see whenever you look at a child? Do you only see the physical features or do you see the potentials in them? It is important to have a picture of what they can become later in life. Do not just focus on the present because God also sees us in the light of what He has called us to be. Every child needs to be guided and trained so that they grow up to become responsible and productive adults (Proverbs 22:6). In whatever field of endeavour they find themselves, they need to be leaders indeed. Every child needs to continue in the ways of the Lord as they grow up so they can be kind, honest, complete adults; not bitter, wicked and troubled people. Whenever God wants to change a nation, He allows children to be born. For example, Moses was born to deliver the children of Israel from slavery. As a parent or care giver, always remember that you are raising the children in your care for the future. Your service is not just for the present time.
Our main text tells us about four children of Israel, Daniel and three close companions, who were among many others taken as captives to Babylon. At the end of the first three years there, they were found to be ten times better than their peers, the magicians and astrologers in the kingdom. They did not lose focus while undergoing the king’s programme and at the end of their training, they were successful and could confidently stand before the king. The question to ask is that “could their upbringing have contributed to their success?” Success here is defined as having God’s presence with you as in the case of Jesus whom God publicly acknowledged at the River Jordan (Matthew 3:17) and Joseph who was said to have God’s presence with him even though he was a slave in Potiphar’s house (Genesis 39: 2-3). God wants us to excel like them and raise a Daniel generation stars. He wants us to raise children who will be able to stand before kings and serve in the corridors of power, while remaining undefiled by corruption, evil and worldly lusts.
We need to remember that our children will not only function in the church setting so they should be raised to combine the wisdom and power of God while making an impact in all spheres of life they will find themselves in future. Teach them the importance of hard work, obedience, honesty and honour so that they can handle the challenges of life which will come their way (Ephesians 6: 1-3). We must communicate sound values and faith to them instead of fear. Always remember that the children in our care are not ours, we are only care givers and vessels God is using to shapen them for the future. God has a plan and an agenda for each child. Therefore, ask Him for the grace to help them become all that He wants them to be.
The process of introducing our cultures and norms to a child from the tender age is another way of learning and training. But this is gradually fading away as the world is turning upside. We are monetizing everything. The training is lacking in many children today all in the name of modernization.
Mentors are people who have already succeeded in the same area in which you want to success. They have experimented; some things have worked for them and others did not. You can shorten your journey by avoiding their mistakes, learn what they have learnt, and adjust your thinking to theirs. It is not magic that took them to where they are. Experience is the best Teacher but not available in the market. It is another way of attaining an education which made people a Star.
You must learn from a leader before you can be a good leader effectively; examples in the Bible are Moses and Joshua, Eli and Samuel, Saul and David, Elijah and Elisha and John and Jesus Christ.
EDUCATION IN MAKING A STAR
Luk 2:40-47 Jesus was literate as he learnt in the temple which made him to be fulfilled in the Ministry. Jesus Christ demonstrated leadership as a Servant for the disciples by washing their legs. Leadership includes having basic intelligence, clear and strong values, high levels of personal energy, the ability and desire to grow constantly, vision, curiosity and a good memory.
Moses was trained from tender age in the culture from Palace of Pharaoh in Egypt for good forty years before he went again to Midian with Jetro his in law. Exs Chapter 2.
Joshua was properly mentored by Moses and the lessons learnt made him to be a Star and a good successor. Deut 34: 9-12.
David was anointed a King Seventeen years before he was crowned. He was educated in music, war and in taken care of the animals. He conquered all wars and was the best Psalmist the world ever had. 2 Sam.2: 1-7.
Esther was mentored by Mordecai Esther 2.
Samuel was a covenant child and was educated under the tutelage of Prophet Eli amidst corruptions. He excelled as a Prophet. 1 Sam 2:18.
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Dan.1: 1-20.
The only significant difference between Apostle John Ajayi Agbona (founder of Christ Apostolic Mission Church) and his successor Pastor Simeon Adesoji Ajayi is the formal Education. Ditto to Pa Akindayomi (founder of Redeemed Christian Church of God) and Pastor E.A. Adeboye his successor. It is evident in the development being experienced in the CAMC of today. To be a star in the present world you must have a formal education. Tell me a successful Pastor, Business tycoon that is not well trained and mentored.
It is commonly presumed that formal schooling is one of several important contributors to the skills of an individual and to human capital. It is not the only factor. Parents, individual abilities and friends undoubtedly contribute. Schools nonetheless have a special place, not only because education and ‘skill creation’ are among their prime explicit objectives, but also because they are the factors most directly affected by public policies. It is well established that the distribution of personal incomes in society is strongly related to the amount of education people have had.
Policies aimed at encouraging higher education should not only target the young because many more can benefit from the uptake of education
Education has become one of the clearest indicators of life outcomes such as employment, income and social status, and is a strong predictor of attitudes and wellbeing, according to a new report.
Higher levels of education are associated with a wide range of positive outcomes – including better health and wellbeing, higher social trust, greater political interest, lower political cynicism, and less hostile attitudes towards immigrants.
Level of education is the strongest predictor of outcomes (compared to age, gender, income, employment status, and marital status) in all models, except for the outcomes of wellbeing and health.
This ‘education effect’ is both robust and relatively stable over time, with little variation in the surveyed population across a range of 25 years. The effect is particularly marked for the outcome of social trust, becoming stronger within the same people as they age.
Across all education levels – low or high – people who report that they are satisfied with their education level and have incorporated education as part of their identity are benefitting psychologically.
“The future has no shelf life”, future leaders will need a passion for continual learning, a refined, discerning ear for the moral and ethical consequences of their actions and an understanding of the purpose of work and human organizations. Youths should be mindful of their characters as competence would get them to the top, while character would keep them there.
Lessons to Emulates in Daniel to be a Star
He never compromised – He did not join them. He was prayerful, studied and discovered his talent.
Education played an important role in making of a Star.
I pray the grace of Daniel which made him a Star will fall upon each and every one of us in Jesus name. Amen.
God bless you real good in Jesus name.