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  • Writer's pictureRon Budd

Finish School or School Will Finish You!

Updated: Sep 28, 2023


Have you ever found yourself in the economy class section of an airplane, attempting to use the lavatories reserved for first-class passengers? If you have, you've likely encountered a stern flight attendant guarding the privilege of those in first class. First-class passengers pay extra for numerous privileges, including the use of the exclusive first-class restroom. Some privileges are earned through payment, while others are bestowed upon us.

In the Bible, there is a story about a man named Cain who held a position of privilege as the firstborn. Throughout history, being the firstborn has often come with certain advantages. The name "Cain" can be interpreted as "to acquire or possess something," signifying his presumed entitlement. His brother, Abel, on the other hand, is described as "empty" or "devoid of substance."

According to biblical accounts, these names were given to them by their mother, Eve. Cain was born into a life of abundance, while Abel seemed to lack substance. As twins, one was chosen and the other was not. Cain, being the firstborn, was special, and it was expected that he would inherit his father's land. There was even the possibility that he might fulfill the prophecy as the dragon slayer mentioned in Genesis 3:15. This was how Eve perceived it. So, why did Cain ultimately become a failure and a murderer? The answer, in my view, is quite straightforward: Cain did not give his best effort. In the Book of Genesis, we can see that Abel consistently did his best, and his actions pleased God. However, Cain chose not to exert himself further.

Throughout the Bible, God constantly reprimands and admonishes Cain. His life is marked by a series of failures. In contrast, Abel's life is one of success. Over time, Cain becomes envious of his brother's accomplishments, even though Abel lacks land. This jealousy leads him to lure Abel into a field and murder him. Cain's life is characterized by a series of poor decisions, and he only confronts the truth of his situation when God intervenes. Following his last encounter with God, Cain's life descends into confusion and a bondage to sin. Not only did Cain fail to try harder, but he also failed to learn from his mistakes.

As an educator with years of experience, I've witnessed the consequences of various choices. I've personally experienced the repercussions of making poor decisions, as well as the rewards of making wise ones. My advice to anyone contemplating dropping out or quitting school before completion is simple: you can quit, but life continues to unfold, presenting you with new choices and challenges. Cain's wicked decisions led him from one failed and confused point to another, while Abel's virtuous choices brought him prosperity and the promise of eternal life in Heaven with God.

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