"All The King's Horses: Putting The Pieces Together"
December 2, 2013
Perhaps no verse describes the nature of today's college students as accurately as this one:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the King's horses and all the King's men,
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
For those of us who are involved in Christ-centered higher education, there is a comforting revelation in the account of Humpty Dumpty. While all the King's horses and all the King's men cannot put Humpty together again, the King can! We are not dependent on institutional research, educational practice, administrative savvy, or sociological insight alone to tackle the difficult task of making the pieces fit. We are the King's horses and the King's men (and women). He has the necessary resources to help us achieve our respective institutional missions of developing students in mind, faith, and character who can impact the world and the church for Christ.
While not wanting to push the Humpty Dumpty metaphor too far, it does appear that we have many different kinds of eggs rolling around on our campuses. They come to our colleges and universities as good and bad eggs, as whole and cracked, some hard boiled and others scrambled. If there were ever a generation that needed the King's resources to keep them from falling and putting them back together again, this may be the one.
I must admit that I was such an egg when I arrived on a Christian college campus more then forty years ago. I had some cracks in my life. Many of the pieces of my life did not fit together as I had hoped. Believe me, there was much room for development.
It was in this undergraduate setting, however, that many of the pieces began to come together. It was during my college years that I discovered many life changing lessons. These significant lessons were taught inside and outside the classroom.
First, I discovered the need to integrate both my faith and my learning. A relationship with Christ touches every area of life, not only the soul but the mind and the emotions. God desired to produce in me the tough mind and tender heart so that I would always be ready to give a reason for the hope that was within me.
The second lesson related to the first. God wanted me to know Him and to serve Him with my total being--body, mind, and spirit. Through the filling of the Holy Spirit, I realized I could love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. I had the capacity to love my neighbor as myself. I could live out the Great Commandment with His divine help.
The third lesson I learned was that ultimate meaning comes from responding in obedience to the Great Commission. Making disciples in every nation is the highest purpose for redemption and for being.
However, not only did Christian faculty and staff confront me with life changing lessons, they also challenged me with life shaping relationships. Every day I was faced with the call to conform my life to Christ, living in a redeemed and righteous relationship with God and others.
I will forever be indebted to the King and the King's horses and the King's men (and women) who made a tremendous impact on my life. Some of us are now in positions where we can be one of the King's horses, one of the King's men or women, empowered by Him to keep Humpty together, and as needed, to put Humpty back together again.
Our task is to make disciples. Our task to to model the Great Commandment and to advance the Great Commission.
With God's help, we have the privilege of working with students, helping them put the pieces back together. May God use us to to prepare the next generation of leaders for Christ and His Kingdom..
Larry J. McKinney
Higher Education Consultant