Classless Warfare

Jun 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Spotlight, Sunday Sermon

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2 Comments to “Classless Warfare”

  1. Alley Cat says:

    I love how you mention your Associate’s degree with pride. When I earned mine, it was one of the most memorable moments of my life. I later went on to earn a bachelor’ degree and I am now working on my masters. People these days see A.A.’s and A.S.’s as mere “stepping stones”, but I believe that they are so much more than that. For me, it was a marker that signified that I belonged to the educated class in America. I was the first one in my family to ever graduate from anything college-level, and this signified that I had broken the long series of patterns that had forever kept them poor and downtrodden from generation to generation. I was the first one who would not get some girl pregnant while still a teenager. I was the one who would never have spent time incarcerated or on the government dole for most of my life. This degree marked a point of transition in my life that signified that I was to be a role model and example to other young men in my family for future generations. I could show them that success in this life is possible, if you are willing to put in the time and work hard enough for it. Today, I am the most educated person in the history of my family, I am a public servant, and proud to carry the badge and to serve. This “stepping stone” degree marked one of the greatest steps I ever made in my life. It comes only second to the date when I confirmed my belief in God.

    • Gadfly says:

      Thank you, Alley Cat, for sharing your educational watershed moment with us. My father and mother were the ones in our family who broke the barrier of secondary education on both sides of our family. Dad overcame the impoverished and undereducated clan of Oklahoma dust-bowl Doyles, and Mom overcame her poor and unsettled Spencer family roots by starting her higher education when I was in high school. Dad went on to become a police chief and Mom a teacher for special-ed needs kids. It was their example that inspired Jeff and me to pursue careers in public service.

      Earning my Associates degree was very taxing as well as rewarding. Ten years after graduating high school, and six years after my Army enlistment was done, I was working graveyard patrol while carrying a full load of credits at college. I am convinced that pattern of study and achieving the degree in two years set my career path for the special assignments and promotions that came along the way. And it was through that educational experience, while supporting my small family, that I recognized God’s hand upon my life. I re-dedicated my life to Christ at age thirty, joined the church I have been a member of ever since, and allowed God to lead. Getting out of God’s way to let Him do His best work through me has always been my greatest challenge. And so I have spent the rest of my life seeking God wherever I can find Him and encouraging others to do the same.

      Thank you, Alley Cat. Your post this morning reminded me that the tapestry of faith in God is woven with mysteries, surprises, and delights. I delighted in the telling of your story.