“A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40
Heady words these.
A possible homeschool paraphrase, “Our children are not above us, but they will, when they have grown, be like us.”
Children have a way of mirroring us, do they not? From little girls nursing their dollies to 5-year old boys acting like little husbands, our children, despite what we say, will do what we do. Good? Bad? It makes no difference. My daughters imitate some of my most inspirational of qualities; they love to cook, listen to beautiful music, prepare a beautiful table and nurture our little ones. They also become consumed with their own self and are prone to tears when things don’t go their way.
Is there any perfect mother? No. There are no perfect families either. I have read through the Bible many times and have never seen a family that had it all together. In fact, many of their stories would be tragedies but for one thing. The characters, whether the protagonist or the antagonist, sought God through their trials and came out of them with wisdom, strength, perseverance and a story – a story that could be shared with others (did they know we would read of them to this day?).
Their stories were given to us that we might learn from them.
What story are you writing? Did you know that it is the story that your children will carry around with them as a small part of their story for their entire lives?
Really, in the end, does it matter how far they went in math or if they got into the ‘right’ college? What they learn from you – they will become.
Are you an overcomer? They will overcome.
Are you faithful? Though they may stray from their faith, they will never not know what you taught them.
So what are you teaching them? Education is important to understand our world and our place in it. Good jobs are needed to support families. But are you teaching them to love the Lord their God with all of their heart, all of their soul and all of their minds?
I am asking myself these questions today and I am not sure I like all of my answers.
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