Thursday, August 5, 2010

Getting Back to Celebrating

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote, "What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child."

Sometimes the phrase 'Back-to-School' has something of a funereal ring to it.

But if we treat our designated 180-day learning period as something to be endured rather than a necessary part of living and loving life, is it any wonder that students find learning boring and purposeless?

This year, I want to challenge you to think about the "school year" in terms of a celebration of knowing God and making Him known. Let's get excited about delving into the mysteries of the universe, the beautiful order of mathematics, the great stories of history, the power and insight of literature, and the expressiveness of art with our children.

Let's share the laughter, mishaps, and triumphs as we work to gain knowledge, understanding, and wisdom as whole families restoring the lost tools of learning together.

Let's revel in the opportunity to draw closer together and share in the glory of searching things out. Remember, "It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out" (Prov. 25:2).

Now does that sound like the cause for gloom and doom?

What are you excited about this school year? What are you looking forward to learning yourself? What are you looking forward to teaching your children? What challenges are you ready to overcome?

You (and your smart families) can do it!!

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