I have been studying this week about the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002.
It was created to bridge the achievement gap between poor and minority students and their more advantaged peers through standardized testing.
What was meant as an attempt for the federal government to hold schools accountable for the academic progress of all students, has become very controversial among educators, the general public, and legislators alike. Title 1 money became the proverbial dangling carrot.
In my opinion a child is more than a test score. Just saying.
But it got me thinking. Thinking about the tragedy of children being left behind.
Then I thought about Jesus. WWJD. As far as He is concerned, no one should ever be left behind. Children or adults alike.
Do you remember the parable of the lost sheep? He leaves the 99 to go find the one lost sheep. Then He rejoices when He finds it. That’s how Jesus feels about you. And me. And every child and adult alike. He wants for no one to be left behind. And He rejoices greatly upon your return.
Let’s all make an effort today. To leave no one behind. In all that we do. Let’s include everyone. In our love. In our gifts. In our prayers. And while you’re at it I encourage each of you to say a little prayer for the current condition of education in Oklahoma. Speaking of things being left behind, that’s something that is certainly behind the rest of our states in many ways. Let’s make this land we belong to once again grand! Not just OK. 😉
3 Then Jesus told them this parable:4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:3-7
Love and laughter,