The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

January 24, 2014

Passing Inspection

Friday, January 24, 2014 — I have to take my car up to the shop today for an inspection. I am not concerned about whether it will pass or not, I think everything is in order. I like the fact that we have to have our cars checked once a year to make sure things are alright. How am I supposed to know if a light is out in the back of my vehicle unless someone tells me? I want everything to be in good working order so other drivers will know where I am and what I am planning to do.

Our school system has invited OSHA in to inspect us. If you volunteer for an inspection you have the opportunity to get into compliance and avoid some of the fines. As standards change it also gives us the opportunity to learn how to stay in compliance. One of the things teachers have had to do is make sure we have MSDS sheets in our rooms for cleaning products. MSDS sheets explain the hazardous materials in products and how to provide medical treatment for exposure to those chemicals. This kind of inspection should be helpful so we can keep both the students and the employees in our schools safe.

Last week we did an inspection on our students to be sure they had learned what we taught them in our courses. We took exams. I was pleased with the progress of most of my students. There are always a few who refuse to study or prepare for the exams and their scores show their lack of effort. An inspection of the students’ progress and abilities through testing often reflects on their individual motivation and their personal preparation. Like cars and schools, we hope students prepare and pass their inspections.

We ought to do an inspection on our spiritual houses. Every house needs a firm foundation, so does our spiritual home. Have you built your foundation on Jesus Christ? The storms of life will affect all of us at times. If our foundation is not securely on Christ, then our spiritual homes might come crashing down. Jesus and his saving grace should be the starting place of any spiritual journey that will end in eternity with God.

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