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Take the road less traveled:  In one part of my kitchen I have a cluster of wall hangings, each depicting sayings I want my family (myself included) to never forget. One of these says, “TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED.” Now, you might be thinking, “Why take a road less traveled, and what does this have to do with Bible history?” 

Compromise, conform, or cave?  Metaphorically speaking, taking the road less traveled has a whole lot to do with Bible history. You see, taking the road less traveled is not about literal roads or actual distance. It’s about making prudent decisions and wise choices, and having the courage to stand firm for what one believes is right, no matter what! It’s about being brave and courageous and having the tenacity, grit, and fortitude to not compromise, conform, or cave into the things, habits, and ways that are either not good for us, or are just plain wrong. 

Sometimes it’s the less popular path:  Every day in Bible history classes, students read about men and women in the Bible who had to make tough choices, just like they do. Some Bible characters feared doing the right thing and made foolish decisions that led to life-altering consequences. Other men and women in the Bible had the strength of character to choose what they believed was right, even if sometimes it meant taking the less popular path. Was life always easy for them? By no means! Did they mess up? Yes, often! Were they perfect? No, not one of them! Taking the road less traveled is not at all about being perfect, but rather about being wise. So, as students read the biblical narrative, they learn from these stories that making foolish decisions almost always has tough consequences, and that choosing wisely is possible!  Let me tell you about a 7th grade Bible history student in one of our Hamilton County middle schools. To protect his identity, we’ll call him Sam.

Wise choices will cost you something:  Sam’s class was studying the book of Exodus, specifically one of the Ten Commandments, “Do not steal.” As a result of the class discussion, 7th graders in that class began to realize there are many different ways a person can steal, sometimes without even realizing it! Sam was greatly impacted by this lesson, and surprised his Bible history teacher when he came to class the next day saying that he’d gone home the day before and erased all his pirated music that he had collected over the years. You see, Sam got it! He understood what it means to take the road less traveled. He made the more courageous choice –– a choice that was harder, inconvenient, that cost him something, and that required strength of character. Yet, he did the right thing!

Bible history classes often lead to healthy life application:  This true story may appear to over-simplify what was actually a complex and robust Bible history lesson. However, lessons such as this not only teach youth wisdom for life, they also help push students to higher levels of critical thinking, where they are required to form analyses, make inferences, generate deductions, and reach for conclusions. And often, as in the case of Sam, students make healthy life applications.

Choosing strength, prudence, and confidence:  So, I keep this sign hanging in my kitchen to empower myself and everyone who sees it to have the courage to be brave like Sam. It hangs there as a daily reminder that life is full of choices, but in each of us we do have what it takes to be strong, prudent, and confident so we can do the right thing. We know that taking the road less traveled may never be easy. But will it be worth it in the end? ALWAYS!

Cathy Scott
President

Posted by Cathy Scott, President | Topic: BITS  | Category: Youth Culture | 1 Comment | Leave a Comment

If you are new to the mission of Bible in the Schools, you might be asking yourself, "What is so special about having Bible history taught in the public school classroom?" Perhaps you are even wondering if the Bible is even necessary these days. At Bible in the Schools, we recognize that for literally thousands of years, different races and ethnic groups as well as different generations and cultures all over the world have benefited from the Bible. The Bible has been valued for its wisdom and truth, its life-affirming values, and its beautiful narrative offering hope and a different path. Bible in the Schools believes that offering this same hope to the next generation is still as important today as it was to generations of the past. Aside from the Bible still also being the world's most influential book, I will share with you one of many reasons we believe the youth of today should have the blessing of being able to study the Bible in the public school classroom.

Many students in today's public schools are living with huge deficits in their lives. Sadly, these are often linked to rejection and hurt caused by someone who perhaps never recognized their value and worth, or who treated them in a manner less than they deserved. One of the consequences of this is that many students have deep and legitimate needs in their lives that are unmet. Consequently, they are often motivated to fill this void by turning to things that only leave them even emptier in the end. For some, it's the longing to be deeply loved, esteemed, and valued, or simply treated with respect and dignity that leads them to chase after the temporal satisfactions offered by our culture that “promise” fulfillment. For others, filling that void simply means following the loudest voice they hear.

Cognizant of this, for 94 years Bible in the Schools has been seeking to provide public school students with the opportunity to elect a Bible history class, so they too can be exposed to a new and different path and a positive voice. Bible in the Schools also recognizes that just as the winds on the sea are a power–source that can enable a sailboat to either stay its course or be swept away, the winds of the culture are strong and are sadly steering many beautiful young lives off their trajectory and into deep and uncharted waters. Without a moral compass to provide direction, many of our youth are like vessels -- ill–equipped for rough seas; and many capsize and fall prey to the things, ideologies, and attractions that lure them most persuasively.

Bible in the Schools is an organization seeking to provide public school students with a moral compass, a path with direction, and a hope to help guide and strengthen their choices. Now offered in 19 public schools, Bible history classes are exposing over 3,500 students to the positive winds of biblical ethics and to the life-changing hope of the Bible. We believe that over time, what students take away from their classes will help them learn how to better navigate the turbulent waters of life and more effectively pilot the high seas of tough circumstances. It is thanks to you and to your generosity that Bible in the Schools is able offer public school students this wonderful and life-changing opportunity. Thank you!

Cathy Scott
President

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