Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 14, 2000

Harold Keller / L’Observateur / October 14, 2000

Thursday morning, I had the privilege of speaking at the Glade Junior High School in LaPlace, at the request of Mr. Stanley Alexis, who is a counselor.October is referred to as “Red Ribbon Month” to call attention to the drug problem in our schools. The two groups to whom I spoke were attentive andwell-behaved. We had a lot of interaction, which was good and done in thespirit of love.

I shared about drugs being for people who didn’t feel good about themselves.

I said that some people need an artificial high. People who feel good aboutthemselves get a natural high and that is called “getting high on life.” Youare excited about living and strive to be the person that God intended you to be.

My visit to Glade was no different than the other schools that I have spoken at over the years. Are public schools different than private schools?Definitely, but children are basically the same. They all need discipline, loveand attention. Public education in America, and especially in Louisiana, hassuffered over the years because of the shortage of good teachers, the lack of parental involvement and much talk about the problems but very little action in trying to solve them.

After the sessions, I thanked Mr. Alexis and Mr. Perry DiCarlo, the principal,for allowing me to speak at their school.

As I drove away, my spirit was burdened for some of the kids that I had just left. The thought came to me that maybe Get High on Life could adopt theGlade school. When I arrived home, I called Mr. DiCarlo and shared this ideawith him. He seemed excited about the possibility of Get High on Life gettinginvolved. Why would I get involved in the public school system? Maybe I’m justtired of hearing people, including myself, talk about the problems. I think thatit is time to help in being a part of the solution.

While sitting at home, I was reminded of something that I heard years ago. Apreacher said that one of his members told him that preachers talk a lot about “do unto others.” “But when you get down to it,” he said, “it comesdown to basin theology.” When Pilate had a chance to free Jesus, he calledfor a basin and washed his hands of the whole matter. Jesus, on the otherhand, called for a basin the night before his death and proceeded to wash the feet of the disciples. It all comes down to basin theology. As you go throughlife, which basin will you use?

HAROLD KELLER writes this column as part of his affiliation with the Get High on Life religious motivational group.

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