A few days ago, I attended the graduation ceremony of my twin nephews who have both been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Syndrome Disorder). Their school meets in a church and is very small (5 in the graduating class) and Christian. It has come to be a place where students who cannot easily “fit in” to the public school system, not only survive, but thrive.
One of the speakers mentioned that people might try to put them down by insinuating that this kind of school could not have given them a quality education–too small; not enough options; unable to afford the best and latest technology. However, how wrong this worldly wisdom is. My nephews, Chris and Nick, had received the best possible education because they had learned the most important things: they learned that God loves them, and they learned to love others, even those who are somehow “different.” All the academic stuff (and they got plenty of that, too) is secondary.
“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?’ And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. And he (Jesus) said to him, ‘You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.'” Luke 10:25-28
Let’s all try to remember to live as if we’re really keeping the main thing (love for God and others) as the main thing in our lives.