Annual Education

Annual education.

Does that statement make your blood boil? Phew it does mine! When I see those two evil words all I can picture are the words

“Cultural competence, sexual harassment, password safety…. Blah blah blah

If you’re like me, every minute I spend on that education feels as though I’m losing precious moments of my life.

Dramatic, Right?

Have you ever wondered why these annual education seminars are necessary? Other than the usual “it’s all about money” comments what do you think actually has happened to make this obnoxious task required every year?

As frustrating and time consuming as this can be, I understand why we must endure it. Other than the obvious issues of repeat offenders, the friendly reminders stick with you.

It makes me think of other traditions that we do mindlessly without ever knowing why we do them.

If you’ve ever read Deuteronomy you learn why repetition is necessary. It literally means “the Book of restatement” and during Old Testament time the Israelites were required to read all of the law .. all the time.

This was necessary because we all know how forgetful they were 😜

It only took one generation of disobedience to cause a snowball effect of disobedience.

While I loathe annual education it got me thinking about how important it is to be reminded of the “rules”. They annoy us because we all “know” the right answers but once we stop the reminders, you look up and have a culture we don’t even recognize.

““So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NLT

Is scripture tied to your hands and on your forehead?

We must go back to the basics at our homes. Maybe it’s reading the story of the Ten Commandments.

Maybe going through the beatitudes with your children, fruits of the spirit… I could list more.

My little girl is learning about the fruits of the spirit. The current one is patience and boy when she says “mama, patience is a fruit of the spirit” I immediately soften up and give her a big hug. She is right! I need that reminder.

Pray and ask God what you need to be remembering and sit down and do that “annual education”

We all need to be reminded of the basics and our children need to learn them.

Teach them as you refresh yourself.

If you don’t have children then volunteer to help young kids at your church. You’ll be shocked at how much you’ve forgotten.

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