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Letter to the editor: Am I educated?

To the editor:

With all the discussion on being educated in previous letters to the editor,

this excellent piece came to mind and thought we would share it after

receiving permission from Freelance Poet/Writer, Carolyn Caines



by Carolyn Caines

If I learn my ABCs, can read 600 words per minute, and can write with perfect

penmanship, but have not been taught how to communicate with the Designer of

all language,

I have not been educated.

If I can deliver an eloquent speech and persuade with my stunning logic, but

have not been instructed in God's wisdom,

I have not been educated.

If I have read Shakespeare and John Locke and can discuss their writings with

keen insight, but have not read the greatest of books—the Bible—and have

no knowledge of its personal importance,

I have not been educated.

If I have memorized addition facts, multiplication tables, and chemical

formulas, but have never been disciplined to hide God's Word in my heart,

I have not been educated.

If I can explain the law of gravity and Einstein's Theory of Relativity,

but have never been instructed in the unchangeable laws of the One who orders

our universe,

I have not been educated.

If I can classify animals by their family, genus and species, and can write a

lengthy scientific paper that wins an award, but have not been introduced to

the Maker's purpose for all creation,

I have not been educated.

If I can recite the Gettysburg Address and the Preamble to the Constitution,

but have not learned about the hand of God in the history of our country,

I have not been educated.

If I can play the piano, the violin, six other instruments, and can write

music that moves listeners to tears, but have not been taught to listen to

the Director of the universe and worship Him,

I have not been educated.

If I can run cross-country races, star in basketball, and do 100 push-ups

without stopping, but have never been shown how to bend my spirit to do

God's will,

I have not been educated.

If I can identify a Picasso, describe the style of daVinci, and even paint a

portrait that gains acclaim, but have not learned that all harmony and beauty

comes from a relationship with God,

I have not been educated.

If I graduate with perfect grades and am accepted at the finest university

with a full scholarship, but have not been guided into a career of God's

choosing for me,

I have not been educated.

If I become a good citizen, voting at each election and fighting for what is

moral and right, but have not been told of humanities sinfulness and

hopelessness without Christ,

I have not been educated.

However, if one day I see the world as God sees it, and come to know Him,

Whom to know is life eternal, and glorify God by fulfilling His purpose for


then, I have been educated!

Ron and Carol Hovendick